U Gosi closes

U Gosi, the Polish goods store on Ewhurst Road, Crofton Park, has closed and is back on the market. The shop, which opened in 2010, was located in a tough spot, a long way from significant footfall, in an area that isn't particularly known for the size of its Polish community.

Good luck to the former owners, whatever they opt to do next. Thanks to Notesofanidealist, who posted the news on the Brockley forum.

14 comments:

patrick1971 said...

Erratic opening hours probably didn't help either. That parade has lots of footfall on Saturday mornings and they were often shut then, inexplicably.

I also thought they were geared very much to the Polish community, rather than English people who might like to try Polish food, which may have limited their market in this area.

Let's get in touch with that person who was planning a bakery in Crofton Park...that'd be an excellent spot, with the butcher across the road. We'd then just need a greengrocer and that parade would be great.

Brockley Kipper said...

The hours were a problem I agree.
The people running it were nice- always offering samples of meats etc.

I would love to see the bakery in these premises - would there need to be any change of use for planning? I suppose it depends if there is baking going on or just selling goods baked elsewhere.

The footfall of Ewhurst ( and the queues of people over the road at Peter's) suggests that the right shop can make a go of it.

Fingers crossed

Anonymous said...

Oh how wonderful if it turned into a bakery! I have also been dreaming of that possibility about the site that was most recently a real estate agent and used to be the Thai supermarket, near Budgens ... it's under offer according to the sign.

Crofton Cath said...

I'm sorry for them it hasn't worked out. I agree with the above about erratic opening hours and a limited stock did not help. Also I think a window display would have helped them attract people in. Peter's business does great guns so I don't think it's the spot. Deli - greengrocers or bakers would be great or a combination of any of those would be even better.

Cooper's Bakehouse said...

I would love to get my bakery in on that corner but U Gosi were being charged an extortionate rent.

Far worse though is that the truth of the closure is that she was scared out by threats at knife-point.

Really sad.

Francis

Anonymous said...

Fair play to them that they started their own business. I think this is very sad. They were nice people.

patrick1971 said...

Threats at knife-point? Good grief! You wouldn't think there'd be any trouble of that sort there, it's such a peaceful, quiet area. Although I have seen that parade featured on ITV's Cops With Cameras, sadly.

@CoopersBakehouse, maybe you could convince him to offer a lower rent? Peter James and the other shops there do so well and don't seem to have a problem with crime...it would be really excellent!

Anonymous said...

At the risk of being flippant I find that Butchers and Kebab shops are rarely threatened with knifes as the perpetrators are often "outgunned"

Anonymous said...

bring back borstal

D said...

I find that erratic hours are a problem for that whole parade of shops. Most of the time I go down there the only place that's open is the convenience store. At least the new cafe seems to be more reliable than the previous incarnation. If they all got their acts together then it would make it far better for all of them.

Crofton Cath said...

"Far worse though is that the truth of the closure is that she was scared out by threats at knife-point. "

Threats at knife point from who?

I live around the corner and always feel pretty safe (touch wood) around Crofton Park. But if there are marauding knife men / gangs I'd like to know...

Anonymous said...

Small shops are vulnerable to thieves.

spincat said...

There were a spate of break-ins and robberies in the area around christmas, including - yes, it was a knife point robbery of her premises. Several of my neighbours were broken into in the same week. This hasn't happened again since Christmas - maybe they were caught. There have been episodes like this round there in the past but most of the time it is peaceful; when these things occur they aren't so daft as to rob Peter James (butchers and kebab shop owners not sensible targets), though they were daft enough to rob a local shop and to get followed home by one of the customers who alerted the police!

NAT said...

Sad to say Brookbank stores was robbed at gunpoint a week ago.

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