Engedi to close

Engedi, the Ladywell Village retailer, is to close on Saturday.

The fashion and gift shop is having a closing down sale at the moment, with many items heavily reduced. It's always a shame to say goodbye to a local high street business that gave it a go and good luck to Angela and her team in the future.

With thanks to Paul.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

People have to buy things to support local businesses

Anonymous said...

This place must be ripe for another dirty chicken store eh?

Anonymous said...

Think I remember commenting when it opened and everybody on here saying 'fantastic, brilliant, I love it' etc. I said it won't last cos no-one will use it and was poo-poo'd for saying so...well...sorry to see it go but all the people on here are all full of bluster and buying the odd postcard etc really won't keep a business running..

Brockley Nick said...

You recall wrongly. See comments on the link. No hyperbole.

And yes, it's easy to predict that any new business will fail. Most do. What do you want, a medal?

M said...

It's a shame but no surprise - I hardly ever saw anybody in there.
I never bought anything there because it didn't have anything I wanted.

TM said...

Hardly ripe for a Chicken Shop. That would probably require change of use.

Anonymous said...

Ladywell is currently leading south east London in chicken fare but more competition is always healthy.

Buy stuff if it's what you want to buy said...

"people have to buy things to support local bussiness" erm.... Was the expenditure of energy needed to type that really necessary? "support local bussinesses" can mean mention them on a blog like this and encourage them to try it but after that it's up to the store to attract enough custom. No shop can rely on the generosity of customers, they're not charities.

Shame though, hope they bounce back.

Anonymous said...

Ladywell - all chicken shops and bookies these days.

I remember the days when shopping streets were lined with estate agents. Hairgelled, besuited and often acned. The Darrens and Damiens would in turn ferry timewasters to lookaround overpriced conversions and fend off calls from impatient sellers anxious to make a fast buck.

I wonder whether those chicken shops make any money.

Anonymous said...

I was going to call in there just after 6 last Saturday, but it was closed. I would definitely have spent money, too - I was really in need of a pressie and a couple of cards for that evening.

Anonymous said...

Where / what is "Ladywell Village"?

Anonymous said...

I think you know the answer to that really, don't you?

Simon said...

@Anon 11.54 - It would be easier for the rest of us to verify your foresight if you were to use a name rather than hiding behind the blanket of Anonymous.
I admire anyone who has the guts to open a business. Most take enormous risk in order to live their dream. All too often things don't turn out as hoped and the budding entrepreneur is left to lick his/her wounds.
I really hope the lady in question has managed to get out of the business really cheaply and I wish her all the very best for the future.
Hopefully someone else will take over the lease and bring something both viable and different to Ladywell.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to see them go- I bought some great cards and scrabble stuff from there and they were really lovely people. I wish them all the best in their next project whatever that may be.

I'm with Simon- I hate to see people on here revelling in bad news like this- noone can argue they were a bad thing for the area so why sound so smug when they've sadly failed?

Anonymous said...

Great shop and a shame to see them go. Maybe Slater and King added too much competition and one had to go.

Best of luck to the owner, she was always really friendly and helpful when we went in and I hope she bounces back soon!

ididnt said...

does anyone know how slater & king is doing?

Glass half full said...

I think Slater & King are doing okay but there's a big difference between turning a profit and making the kind of money that justifies the risk and the long tedious hours stood waiting for custom.
The shop looks lovely though and they add to the beautifully fitted along the parade.

Anonymous said...

Ponti's Lewisham gone?

Anonymous said...

OMG really sad news, but yes too much competition in a small village dont really need two gifts shops we now have so many chicken shops, which has forced the fish and chips shop to reduce the price of their fish and chips, and the new chicken shop is already complaing that it is very quiet in ladywell..hello??? they should have done your research and bought something different

Paul said...

Engedi are relocating.. whilst they are closing in ladywell I understand that they will still be doing the fairs and festivals in the area, but they are looking at other shops not too far from ladywell

Brockley Sarah said...

Taking the leap into the world of the self employed takes guts, I speak from experience! I'm sorry to hear that Ladywell High Street is losing a nice shop. I wish Engedi all the best for the future!

Anonymous said...

Midtown has some vacant units that must be pretty cheap.

Anonymous said...

Sad to see another friendly and unique shop going,best of luck in their new ventures. Will be looking for them at the Brockley Fairs!

Anonymous said...

Sad to see another friendly and unique shop going,best of luck in their new ventures. Will be looking for them at the Brockley Fairs!

ididnt said...

The thing about an area like Ladywell is that there is clearly a growing demographic (judging by the amount of workers that disgorge form the commuter trains home every evening at Ladywell station) but that apart from El's Kitchen, there is not really another business on the high street that demands their attention.

Slater & King is a nice shop, but is not open at 'peak' times.

I think another Deli, maybe a wine-merchant would be perfect, or a bar similar to the Gantry - somewhere that attracts people to convene in the evenings.

Ladywell is a difficult middle-ground - some lovely housing, but still with a rather neglected feel.

The moribund looking shops such as Mayal etc only add to this humdrum feel.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to see Engedi go, I think having more than one gift shop was great as it made the village a shopping destination as there was more to pull you in. Tough times to make a small business work and a brave move to do so and succeed. I wish Engedi all the best.

Anonymous said...

Really sorry to see Engedi go. It would have been nice if Slater & King had been genuinely original and not initially taken Engedi's ideas. It would have been great for the village to have had two unique shops.

Anonymous said...

I would guess the giftware market has its regular suppliers and you get the same stuff sold in similar shops.

However, it is clear that the number of customers for this sort of purchase is finite and can provide a living for only one shop in a locality like Ladywell.

The same ruthless logic will apply to chicken shops, betting shops, supermarkets and any other sort of shop.

I would guess there is also shakeout going in Ladywell on in the fried chicken market.

The bigger, shinier shops with better locations and deals will win out.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anon (1 July) that a locality like Ladywell "can provide a living for only one shop" of this kind. Slater & King would have known this, especially as they were seen scoping out Engedi's shop weeks before opening and constantly thereafter. The giftware market has many suppliers. Have Slater & King no imagination of their own or is it just as Anon states "ruthless logic" on their behalf.

Moi said...

That sounds pretty harsh - can you substantiate those claims? It's quite normal for a shop to check out the competition; are you sure they weren't scoping it out to make sure they didn't stock the same stuff? I remember one incident when Slater & King first opened when they accidentally stocked one product that En Gedi was selling; they apologised for this. The fact is, Slater & King is a much better presented and more enticing than En Gedi ever was. The shop front and window dressing are both far superior. En Gedi could have tried to steal a march by at least being open when S&K is closed on a Monday, but no.

Wendy said...

Engedi was badly located at the end of the strip, so unless you knew it was there, you could easily miss it. It was also a bit confused about what it was. A fashion store? A gift shop? Odds and sods?

Wendy said...

What I'm saying is, I don't think you can blame its problems solely on the competition.

Anonymous said...

Shops compete for custom, they have done since forever. Really not sure what the issue is.

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