What you gonna do with all that junk?

The junk shop that has occupied the shop on the corner of Brockley and Cranfield Road has been served with an eviction notice.

The junk shop shows off its wares

We were never entirely sure whether it was meant to be a permanent addition to the neighbourhood or an enterprising bit of opportunism while the building behind was being redeveloped. The lack of a sign or a name suggested it was intended to be semi-permanent at best.

Junk shops sell useful stuff that people need. They can be a great addition to any parade. But this one didn't exercise much quality control of its stock, used the pavement as its sales room and the shop itself to stuff bric-a-brac in as tightly as possible. The big new windows that the Council insisted the developer install as a condition of planning permission for redevelopment seemed somewhat wasted on stacks of indiscernible junk piled to the ceiling. As a prime site on a parade that desperately needs rejuvenation, this shop didn't really maximise its cardinal utility.

So the question is: What next? What would be the best use of this space?

Thanks to Breakspears Eagle on the Brockley forum for the heads-up.

39 comments:

Timmy2wheels said...

It would be useful know who owns it and whether they're interested in letting it so interested parties can enquire. I stopped and talked to a couple of guys eyeing up the derelict grocer's shop on the corner of Tyrwhitt and Loampit yesterday. Like me a couple of years ago, they were trying to find a way to contact the owner. They had designs on turning it into a junk shop to rival the one literally opposite!

TM said...

The name of the owners of the corner shop referred to by T2T and their agent/architect are in the public domain.

Go to the Lewisham planning web site and look at application reference DC/11/77695/X, which was granted in September.

Unlike the W P Stone site nearby no sign of any work yet.

Anonymous said...

I now have the black eyed peas in my head... thanks :( i shall remedy it by watching this: http://youtu.be/pRmYfVCH2UA

Anonymous said...

A new little bar please! That would be fantastic! So sick of the Orchard being rammed

Anonymous said...

Another Bar with good food. Orchard is ALWAYS rammed.

Lou Baker said...

A sandal and corduroy shop would make a killing round here.

If it sold Speedos as well Max would never leave.

Anonymous said...

* A nice cafe

* A nice park

* A nice organic MUNG I CAN'T TAKE IT ANY MORE, LIFE IN BROCKLEY IS TURNING ME INTO SWAMPY. SOMEBODY. PLEASE. HELP US.

Anonymous said...

Maybe time to move then? Plenty of dire places out there that are far from regenerating :-)

Insider said...

haters will hate

Anonymous said...

On the subject of new shops the MOT on the corner of St Asaph Road and Dundalk Road (Dundalk Motors) in West Brockley has just put in new glass and grills on the front, and removed signage - does anyone know what this will become? (hopefully something different!)

Hugh said...

Two people have told me lately that Starbucks want to open on Hilly Fields. Is this true?

Anonymous said...

It's jolly good of the owners to allow BCers a say on any new tenant. I think this closure is a shame as I often topup my household waste with their goods to keep the council refuse collectors honest.

Tamsin said...

@Anon 14.01 - hopefully not - they're a nice little business and have been doing my MOT with economy, efficiency and friendliness for about three years now.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused by this, as I thought that the property owner had let the shop temporarily to the junk people, before the building was re-furbed? That's certainly what I remember was said on BC by someone or other, back when its arrival was being bemoaned some months ago.

Since there's no sign of any work starting on the building which the shop is in, I'm not clear why the owner has now changed their mind about the junk shop.

?!

Fatty said...

Oh thank God. What an eyesore and excuse for a business. Bring on a new restaurant or bar!

The non Lou majority said...

24hr bile shop, Lou has opened an account I understand.

Ramble said...

Anon 14.01 - I think they are just having a refit.

Thank god the junk shop is going. We really need a new bar/restaurant. I know it was said above.

We tried to go for a drink in the Orchard last Tuesday and there were no tables. We also went there for a drink on Saturday night and in the half hour we were there 3 tables of people were turned away due to no space. They all had money to spend locally. We just need more options.

Anyone know what the plans are for Toads Mouth?

Kirsty said...

"desparate need of regeneration"? There are loads of great, unique shops on that parade. Maybe it's not East Dulwich, but I for one don't want it to be. Somewhere useful to locals would be best - always see lots of people buying furniture from the junk shop...

Anonymous said...

The parade of shops along that part of brockley road is a heap of rubbish. The sooner the junk stores and dirty chicken stores go the better.

Anonymous said...

Likewise, I'd like to see another bar or a nice restaurant, if the junk shop is closing.

The Orchard was nice when it first opened, but it's waaaay too busy now - I went with a friend last Thursday, and there was no space whatsoever. We ended up going to the Barge instead - and, really, it wasn't that bad. Their 'curry club' has improved in recent years; as long as you're not expecting haute cuisine, it's a fairly decent place to go for a quick meal and a pint. But I digress - it would be nice to have a bit more choice for places to go to eat or drink.

Having said that, though, I actually don't mind the junk shop all that much. They sold me an umbrella once when it was raining on a long walk back to Crofton Park. So I can't really begrudge them all that much. Hey ho.

Anonymous said...

"The sooner the junk stores and dirty chicken stores go the better."

No ruddy way! I love Lion's Chicken.

Nigel Thornby said...

I am the owner of what is termed the 'junk store'.

I want the input of the extremely people who post on this site - and who are the backbone of what makes Brockley Central, well... Brockley Central.

Please tick off one of the following choices, that way I can deliver the kind of business Brockley deserves:

a bookies
an off licence (with electrial extentions)
a barbers called Ganja
a take-away
an office for a van hire firm
an upmarket junk shop
a rehab drop-in centre
a West Indian deli
or an empty shop

I also have plans to turn the frontage into a flat, but don;t worry I will keep the original junk facade.

Anonymous said...

DIVE BAR.

Aricana said...

way off message i know but does anyone know what the buildings works to the old housing office on Mantle are intended to do? It's beginning to look like a fortress!

Vesta Curry said...

All I will say is, if this longed-for process of "regeneration" ever threatens the demise of Sounds Around (the best shop ever in the whole world) ... I will Occupy the pavement!

Tamsin said...

I tend to agree. I also like South London's junk shops.

Brockley Nick said...

@Kirsty

You're right, that was an exaggeration on my part. It's tatty, and I was really thinking about its rotting restaurant, but it's actually reasonably functional, with units that are mostly full and a range of different useful businesses.

However, there is most definitely significant room for improvement.

Matt-Z said...

I'm a bit annoyed actually - there were some very cheap and perfectly serviceable kitchen chairs in the junk shop that I was planning on buying.

OK it was a bit a bit untidy and they had more stock than they knew what to do with, but it was providing a service and people were using it, though presumably they weren't paying their rent.

I'd much prefer to see someone selling stuff that people want than rows of boarded up shops as we have at Crofton Park.

Anonymous said...

One of the best locations in Brockley deserves a decent tenant; the junk shop is awful.

Kirsty said...

Brockley Nick - yes fair enough! Maybe a better junk shop then ;-).

Anonymous - as someone else said, Lion's Chicken is awesome, even if they do falsely advertise that they're doing 24 pieces of popcorn chicken for £2.99 when the're not.

bumbags said...

Isn't The Toad's Mouth up for sale? This could be a good Orchard alternative. The junk shop would be a good coffee shop space, as it's light, but I'm not sure Brockley needs another one.
I do find the junk shop pricing entertaining though... £50 for a knackered old mirror... £60 for a coffee table off a skip...

Anonymous said...

Yeah what's the go with the Toad's mouth too? I saw a for sale sign then it went away but nothing has changed?

Anonymous said...

I quite like the junk shop. The people who ran it were nice and friendly. I bought a couple of books from them. It felt quite safe and neighbourly, having people sitting out on that corner, shooting the breeze every day.

Brockley grapevine said...

It's a while since I found out about this but as far as I know the sale of the Toad's Mouth has gone ahead. The new owner is willing to do the work to move the kitchen downstairs as well, which I think a number of customers (and posters on this blog) really liked the idea of. but that's all I know I'm afraid.

The junk shop would make a great bar/cafe. Wine bar aka Mr Lawrence's perhaps? Though a tall order to match!

Anonymous said...

So who owns the junk shop. I'd be interested if the rent was right (low)!

Anonymous said...

Isn't the junk shop too small for a bar/cafe? I'm sure that when it was the holistic centre, and you could see inside most of the interior, it was very small.
It might work as a bookshop, with floor-to-ceiling shelving, but I doubt there would be enough demand in that location. Or a deli, but we have that kind of thing already.
A better-presented and tidier junk shop would be my vote!

BreakspearsEagle said...

Its actually quite big - there are some extra rooms at the back that could be knocked through.

I got to see them when viewing the junk shop's collection of wardrobes. However, the stuff in there was so tightly packed in that it was barely possible to move let alone make any kind of purchasing decision!

Anonymous said...

When I first visited the lovely well organised shop, a individual persons from the similar run Thai restaurant up the road (It's sign covered up also now). Began with a hard friendly sell... Once i noticed this person I left immediately.

If It's owned buy that individual , keep clear. If not yes another quality cafe that can make coffee might be a great idea.

T

Ian on the Hill said...

Its short lived persona as a therapy centre was actually pretty good, and as I understand it only went west because of the then owners unrealistic and greedy pricing for hiring out rooms.

If the Italian restaurant re-opened and Gullen's could bite the bullet, and reopen their wasted site as something that isn't a sub-Benidorm sports bar, we'd have everything we need in the way of bars and restaurants.

How about something like a bike shop? Or possibly a brothel, I don't think Brockley has one of those?

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