Clarkey's closes

Clarkey's, the Mantle Road sandwich shop, which opened earlier this year, has sadly closed. Customer Andy writes: "Jay has been offered as full time job and reckoned that the new Nisa would hurt his trade so he has thrown in the towel and shut up shop. I will miss his coffee in the mornings."

It's a shame both for Clarkey's customers and the street, which is just beginning to develop some life, but good luck to Jay in the future. Thanks to those who confirmed the story.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

sad times ... can we have a bar on this side of the tracks .... desperate for one !!!

That'sashame said...

Feel very sorry for the guy. I regularly passed there but never really saw it busy. His sandwiches were good too so it wasn't because he was doing anything wrong. Hope him success in the future.

Brockley Michael said...

I never went in. Was it better than the one on Brockley Road with the big blue sign? I've not been in there either. =/

Anonymous said...

that's 2 shops now vacant opposite Nisa, what sort of thing would people like in them?

Anonymous said...

Yes a shame, the sandwiches were good and value for money. It's a weird stretch of road, usually busy with idling car trying to get on to Drakefell. I thought the new Nisa might help business as it would hopefully increase footfall.

Anonymous said...

A butcher would be awesome! There are none in easy reach / walking distance of Brockley station...

Anonymous said...

I think maybe it's because it's a little bit dark round there. Conversely, that might make some kind of bar a good choice (and would also give people from the other side of the tracks a reason to cross over).

Anonymous said...

@Brockley Michael

The Doorstep Bakery does great takeaway sandwiches and jacket potatoes. And yes was a competitor in a better location. Tip, it helps to use these small local businesses rather than asks questions about them after they've gone...

Anonymous said...

The new Nisa should bring people over the bridge, it's one of the biggest stores in the area now - hopefully that will bring other retail / bars to the area ...

earl said...

You'd never get a license for a bar there with the nearby neighbours. Ironically The Maypole probably would've been a great location for a refitted updated pub/bar, now it's just an empty lot waiting for a developer to put up another block of flats.

Brockley Michael said...

@ Anon 14:56

I use plenty of local businesses; Degustation, Toads Mouth Too, The Orchard, Browns, The Broca, Brockley Market, Mr Lawrence, Jam Circus, Mo Pho, Smiles and even Ace Van Hire. I guess I'm just not in the market for takeaway sandwiches.

If he'd been in a place with a more obvious concentration of office workers he'd have had plenty of custom, but that side of the tracks likely isn't the place for such a business. Yet there's no reason why some kind of business can't succeed there - it just has to be the right offering for the location. Perhaps one that would attract people from a wider area. A specialist doing something nobody else does.

Anonymous said...

A Dutch style coffee shop.

Anonymous said...

The market has spoken.

Anonymous said...

Plenty of herbal establishments in brockley already if you know where to look.

Tamsin said...

A shoe repairs, key cutters, type of shop. They generally seem to be fairly successfully located in dark corners near stations.

terrencetrentderby said...

agree with tamsin's very early morning comment!

a good cobblers would be most welcome

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