The Jennings Report

Goodbye crumbly old E Coomes bookmakers, hello to Our Friend Jennings. The new shopfront on Coulgate Street is Typically Jennings - Just Like Jennings, in fact. Jennings, of Course is another bookie.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a shame, another rubbish shop on the high street

Tressilliana said...

Is it a chain? In which case, Jennings Abounding!

There must be a patch of wasteland they could expand onto - if necessary, in Jennings' Little Hut.

[I love wikipedia]

Anonymous said...

Hales Gallery in Deptford High Street sold to Jennings. Within a short period they sold to Coral.

Anonymous said...

Looks hideous. What a waste of some good space.

darryl said...

Jennings seems to have bought out Coomes - shame, Coomes bookies were a part of the SE London landscape.

KennyTinsel said...

If Coomes hail from SE London, whence Jennings? Darbishire?

Hoping for Barge Refurbishing said...

Did the previous one go bust? It may be a good sign for the high street. I rather see a butcher or a caffe nero in the premises.

Anonymous said...

A wetherspoons as a bookie, woohoo this area is definitely on the up ... Not!

Welcome to 2011 said...

Durr, it's not a pub becoming a bookie, it's one bookie being taken over by another. That's all. Back under your bridge now.

Anonymous said...

another depressing addition / substitution for the high street. We need something a bit more exciting to pop up on this street for a change!

Wake up... said...

Why do we need a Caffe Nero? There's two perfectly good coffee places on Coulgate St! Four if you count the Toads and the Orchard... Never ceases to amaze me the zombie like stagger of people to average high street chains...

Tamsin said...

And didn't the Tory MP on HIGNFY lay into the anti-capitalism protestors for decending from their moral high ground to troop along to Starbucks for their caffeine / latte fixes.

Anonymous said...

We have coffee far better than Nero! Browns is number 10 on the London Coffee iPhone app now - well done! We could do with some decent supermarkets though, I'm sick of having to go to New Cross Sainsburys all the time!

Ian on the HIll said...

Not to worry, I am sure we can leave it to Jennings.

Headhunter said...

One bookie takes over another... Yawn.... No change and still no reason for me to go anywhere near the shops on Brockley Road...

fattyfatty said...

The only good thing about these awful places is that most of their business is going online now so hopefully in 5-10 years time they will go the way of the video shops and start closing, allowing something decent to open in its place. I dont mind betting shops on side streets and off pitch locations, but this is sooooo prominent, it could be something really good for SE4 instead of another place to bet on horses.

Headhunter said...

However on the meantime, betting shops are most definitely on the up and their numbers are rapidly rising due to the lifting of legal restrictions on their numbers on high streets by the last Labour (I think?) government....

Anonymous said...

I didn't mind the shabby chic look of Coomes, and used to put my grand national bet on there, jennings looks far too pleased with itself and looks a lot tackier...

John said...

I love the fact that when some poeple are dissapointed that we are getting another Bookie/Take away etc, they react by saying, "we should have a butcher/baker/Candle stick maker instead, what is the world coming to? Surely Costa only need to be asked to come, why hasn't anyone done this?"

If you are so intent on a better high street then open something you want on it. The planners & landlords aren't working from a wish list, they advertise space and it is let out. In the current climate it is a big challenge to start a small independent business so perhaps stop complaining, be thankful we don't have a row of vacant units and get behind the independent shops that do open.

Chains don't create trends, they follow them and then take over. Support your local shopkeepers and very very slowly the big corporate coffee shops that we all so desire will flock to the area and we will finally be rid of the likes of HopScotch and Pat-a-cakes!!

...oh!!

Headhunter said...

I really, really don't want a big corporate coffee maker on our high street! The coffee at Brown's is waaaaaay better than anything Nero could every wish to make. However I do think we could do better than a bookie being taken over by another dull bookie.... Candlestick maker, now there's a thought....

NAT said...

Always thought that Portland scored well in being a small local enterprise, having livery that was unique and presenting a discreet front to the street.

Also uniquely pays 6th place in the Grand Nash, Anon above.

Deptford dame said...

@fattyfatty I'm afraid your optimism is misplaced. Yes bookmakers are making a lot more money online, but this is in addition to their high street premises. Street premises - especially in areas where there is high deprivation such as Deptford or Catford - enable them to install fixed odds betting terminals. These machines are recognised as being highly addictive, to such an extent that each bookmaker premises is only allowed a maximum of four. This is why you often find multiple branches of the same bookmaker chain in close proximity. For example Deptford High Street has two branches of William Hill, two of Paddy Power, and two of Coral, all within a few minutes walk of each other.

NAT said...

@ Deptford Dame, While only an idiot would argue that there arn't too many bookies on Deptford High Street, are there really double Corals and Powers?

Anonymous said...

I've yet to find a bookie that operates like a coffee bar (apart from the fact that some now have tea and coffee). Talk it up, bookmakers!

All this and more, courtesy of Property Week: A spokesman for Paddy Power, which plans to increase its portfolio of 131 shops by 40 this year, goes one step further, claiming bookies are “good for the community”, because they create employment and promote social interaction.

“Betting shops have become a similar meeting point to pubs and create a similar community element,” he says. The Association of British Bookmakers supports this assertion, saying modern betting shops have “more in common with established coffee bars than the smokey back-street bookies of old”.

Anonymous said...

Shock horror a bookies in South London.

Wonder if the real locals complain about all the poncy coffee shops and delis that have appeared.

Anonymous said...

Judging by some of the Nazis here they would sooner round up the Sarf Londoners and gas them rather than be made to occasionally look in disgust at their choice of retail patronage.

Anonymous said...

'Sarf'? Posh wanker.

DJ said...

Hahaha! "poncy coffee shops". You clearly don't get out much.
"They'll be wanting one of those fancy 'baguettes' next!"
Bless.

Fi said...

DJ

It's a shame the Brockley locals that use the bookies aren’t as cosmopolitan as you.

Deptford Dame said...

@NAT the second William Hill is on Deptford High Street, the second Paddy Power and Corals are within a few minutes walk - around the corner at the Evelyn Triangle.

NAT said...

@DD. Yes. Know the ones you mean. Hadn't counted them though I suppose they come into the reckoning as well.

Incredible that they can all survive.

Gabriella said...

There is always hope.

I come from a lovely market town that had three betting shops now two. One was Tote taken over by BetFred in a conservation area and has shut. So may be there is hope for less betting shops yet. Currently up for sale as a shop

I have never known a Bet Fred shop to shut and this is a reasonably well off market town

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