Local hero

The good thing about the franchise model of supermarket retailing is that they are independently owned and thus inherently more responsive to the community they serve than inhuman chains. Oh sure, Tesco might spend billions on capturing and interpreting data with sophisticated algorithms to understand local market preferences, but you can’t beat good old gut instinct and local knowledge.

That’s why Nisa makes such a virtue of being a chain of local stores owned by local people. The owners of Nisa’s new Mantle Road store have listened to the local debate about Greater Brockley’s ever-expanding borders and they’ve responded, by welcoming Haynes Park in to the fold. Romford isn’t the first place we’d have made a land-grab for, but we’ll take it.

Brockley's new local Nisa

Meanwhile, Fabhat sends us a link to a design company that reckons Jay’s Budgens in Crofton Park has got it right. With thanks to Vesta Curry for the spot.

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why is it called Haynes Park?

Anonymous said...

But it's still a chain!

Brockley Nick said...

Ah! But somehow better. I don't know. Ask Tamsin.

Anonymous said...

Did they get the location name wrong or something?

terrencetrentderby said...

Anonymous said...
But it's still a chain!

24 November 2011 10:49


whats wrong with chains? there are plenty of ultra crap independant stores in brockley.

Crofy said...

Hee hee, classic!

Mouse said...

Could there be a new Nisa in Haynes Park with Brockley above the door?! Presumably this isn't the same owners as the Nisa next to BFM around 100m away...?

Anonymous said...

Is it open now? Whats the selection of food like?

Anonymous said...

It's a shop that sells things. Stop munging about and trying to put some shops on the "good" side and others on the "bad".

Brockley Nick said...

Who are you referring to?

Anonymous said...

There's an 'R' in Raynes Park

huh? said...

Looks good. Weird name.

Anonymous said...

Can we have a filter option that removes all posts referencing the m word please?

Tamsin said...

With a digression on amusingly mistaken signage - I loved the reassurance of "No unauthorised persons passed this point" and the signwriter who tried so hard with expanding abbreviations to produce "Great Street Thomas Apostle".

Quite apart from the "Dinning" that appears twice within the purlieus of greater Brockley - quiz anyone... Where?

is it open? said...

so is it open now then?

Anonymous said...

Best SL signage error, between MacDonalds and Surrey Quays, there is an Italian Restaurant with large banner reading "Parking Car available"

abdou said...

There's a Dinning on that pub (can't remember the name, just the dinning) on the way down to Deptford. I think they'd used all their energy getting Accommodation right.

THNick said...

NISA aren't a chain are they, it's a purchasing arrangement?
Re signs, not a spellling error but I loved "Close Circuit CCTV Television operates here".

Anonymous said...

Has anyone told them that they aren't in Essex? :-)

Anychanceofsomeinfo said...

Is it open yet?

Brockley Nick said...

There is a clue hidden in the article.

Anonymous said...

Best typo ever: Large Hardon Collider

Tamsin said...

@ abdou - yes the pub - Royal Standard (?) is one of them. And it was obviously the same sign-writer who did the other.

Anonymous said...

"Is it open"

I am astounded once again that some people can be bothered to post twice or more on an article they can't be bothered to read.

WASTEDTRIPTHANKS said...

Yeah great anon and Nick being facetious 'n all but for your information it most definitely is NOT OPEN yet. I've just been down there. Numpties.

Brockley Ben said...

@WASTEDTRIPTHANKS Hope you weren't too put out by having to pick up your essential groceries in the Nisa round the corner or the Londis over the road.

terrencetrentderby said...

what are you talking about? ive just been there and bought a jazz mag.

great selection of locally grown veg too and the owner agrees brockley really is "londons best kept secret".

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Anonymous said...

So secret they have to call the store a different name? (Hayne's park :-))

Anonymous said...

No getting anything past Sherlock Troll Bait hahaha

lowexpectations said...

Anyone going to apologise for putting out duff information and then sneakily changing the photo strap line?

Brockley Nick said...

@Low - yes, if it's not open, sorry. I didn't think it was open this morning, but I was told it was by a couple of people, who may themselves have been misinformed.

However, as Ben says, I hope it was not an entirely wasted trip, as there are several other options within 200 yards.

Thank you for clearing the matter up for the rest of us. It can only be a matter of days.

Danja said...

It's obviously an Edelman plot to big up Costcutter at Nisa's expense.

Danja said...

Oh sorry, Budgens.

fatty said...

I am really confused!

a - is the shop open yet?
b - why is it called Haynes Pk?

Brockley Nick said...

@Fatty

The shop is a "Nisa" (like a "Tesco"). I'm not aware that is has any other name.

However, to show how in touch they are with their local community, they've added a place name to their sign, because they are a franchise model, owned by an individual entrepreneur, rather than a corporation, and thus - so some people believe - are more sensitive to the wants and needs of their local customers.

However, unfortunately for them, they have cocked up the place name and put Haynes Park up, instead of Brockley. Amusing, nothing more. I thought the picture told the story clearly, obviously not.

As to whether it is open, one disgruntled poster says not yet. But it must be days away at most.

Mb said...

I bet Mrs Nisa of Haynes Park, Romford is wondering why someone has delivered three pallets of Hovis to her house.

Anonymous said...

I spoke to someone outside and he said it is open tomorrow and at the weekend but not officially open until next week. I believe it was open at some point today but shut early

The Cat Man said...

Are they going to change the sign?

Anonymous said...

"However, to show how in touch they are with their local community, they've added a place name to their sign, because they are a franchise model, owned by an individual entrepreneur, rather than a corporation, and thus - so some people believe - are more sensitive to the wants and needs of their local customers."

Yes, the way they put my yoghurt and tins of baked beans in a carrier bag, take money off me and give me change is so sensitive of them.

Anonymous said...

Nisa today, drug and alcohol rehab centre tomorrow. Can't we just have a Tesco or Sainsburys and a nice cafe and bar, like everyone else

Grand lizzard Overlord. said...

Another nice cafe and bar and another convenience store? we do just like everywhere else. And rehab centres? In London? Yes. Just like everywhere else. The whining paranoia about blighted SE4 is a little silly.

Anonymous said...

My favourite sign mistake ever, from a Chinese hotel:

Dear guests, we are very sorry to inform you that the lifts need repair. For the next 24 hours you will be unbearable.

ChappersTeddy / Jack said...

@parkingcaravaiblepost
Maybe you're supposed to take away the car that's always there and feed it to a giant.

Tamsin said...

On the website store locator the Brockley store isn't up yet, neither is Raynes Park/Haynes Park. The maps are odd, though. You click the link and a map comes up then, about a second later, some of the roads are marked red, green or black - with no obvious key as to what these sigils mean.

Pedant Overlord said...

Grand lizzard Overlord

Grand Lizard Overlord, surely?

Brockley Nick said...

@Pedant Overlord

Our 12-feet tall lizzard lords and masters get to spell and capitalise how they like, surely?

Pedant Overlord said...

I wouldn't quibble with their right to rule the world (or to choose such random capitalisations as they see fit), but they really must to spell a bit better while they are it.

Pedant Overlord said...

damn that petard, *learn*

Tamsin said...

Pedant with the petard, I like it...

terrencetrentderby said...

went in their today to buy asian babes and was delighted to see there is a butcher section, i even got to choose my own chicken (free range) and watch it get slaughtered

next week i’m buying a goat and reader’s wives

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