The Duke refurb

Duke, the late-night convenience store in Brockley Cross, has been cleared out. It's not clear at this stage whether the business has closed down or the shop is being refitted (a reader below suggests that it's the latter), but the entire contents of the shop have vanished and work is underway on a refurbishment.

Duke, this morning

The parade of shops it sits on, on the Brockley Road approach to Brockley Cross, has recently been given a makeover, with Prestige Barber now looking particularly handsome.

We'll update the story with more details when we have them, but you won't be able to buy a pint of milk there tonight.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

where am i going to go for my emergency midnight topic tonight?

Anonymous said...

Duke's is pretty much the last remaining honest shop in the Brockley Cross/Coulgate St area - hope it's here to stay?

Fat Freddys Cat said...

Topic? Do they still do those? Showing your age...

Probably setting up shop in Colorado where their unique offering is less controversial.

Anonymous said...

RIP Dukes. Spent many a great evening with their wares.

ApplesNPears said...

Ah... looks like we're going to have to find a new place for those emergency oregano purchases.

Anonymous said...

Is parking on the pavement on the roundabout zigzags to unload honest? Or engaging in agressive behaviour (carefully worded Nick) towards those reminding him of the complete prohibition, on saftey grounds no less, of parking on zigzags?

Honest and random: look up the meanings people!

Anonymous said...

he's not going anywhere - he's having a refurbishment done! we're actually going to be able to roam the floor of Dukes when its done, and i think he'll be in some sort of cage. anyway, the honest fayre provided by Duke will continue! Topics all round and yes he does sell them!

Anonymous said...

get your haircut in the 'particularly handsome' Prestige Nick?

Howard Marks said...

If you want a laugh ask for some particularly large and cumbersome purchase and watch him try and squeeze it through the bars.....

Ollie said...

I always think it gives a bad impression of an area when an 'inconvenience store' owner feels the need to barricade himself behind a protective cage.

Makes me feel I'm in downtown Detroit or something.

(and not in a good Techno way, either)


Blunderbuss said...

Bearing in mind it is a night store and he works there on his own, then it makes sense to stop people coming into the shop as he could easily be done over. I love Duke's, it's the only place to get late night beers in the area, long may it continue.

Anonymous said...

The security measures seem quite appropriate given the sad history of that place.

https://sites.google.com/site/londonstreetgangs/gang-lists/south-london-gangs/brockley-mandem

I believe the owner passed away earlier this year, so the refurb might ave something to do with that.

Ollie said...

Bloody gangs.

Lasers and kill-bots required!

Ollie said...

Er, by 'kill-bots' I meant we should provide decent job opportunities to provide an alternative means of income to drug dealing, etc, etc.

:-)

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure I saw the unit up for let a month or so ago, but could be mistaken and the night store is continuing trading.

Anonymous said...

That man has seen me in some states...

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the local SNT are keeping an eye on it.

Anonymous said...

what have the gangs got to do with Dukes? i dont understand

Brockley Checklist said...

Hmm, let's tick off some boxes

[x] 'Ethnic' establishment

[x] Sells honest goods

[x] Open all hours

I bet the busybodies of Geoffrey Road are cooking up their latest eviction as we speak...

Anonymous said...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/1999/jul/25/ukguns.theobserver

The shop became Dukes after this gangland hit and the owners were understandably twitchy.

The owner was murdered last February in a brothel on Loampit Vale.

Gangs tend to either go looking for their enemies where they live or the place they use for business.

duke's builder said...

[X] Comment by anonymous pillock who thinks there is a conspiracy to everything.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't the owner shot when it was called 'Big Balls' or something? And recently another owner has been murdered?
And lightning doesn't strike twice???

Anonymous said...

Was the owner really shot??? I really liked him. Top bloke with great music taste.

Anonymous said...

As I understood it, Duke died in February after a row in the brothel on Loampit Vale. Two women were arrested at the time but I believe they were released without charge? I don't know what the outcome was.

Face palm said...

Almost all the businesses on brockley cross are owned by "ethnic" people. The only person who seems to be pointing this out is a brain dead anon. Seems he's obsessed with the colour of a shop owners skin. No one else cares. Following your logic the imaginary conspirators would be plotting to close the two convenience stores, Chinese takeaway, chip shop, bagel shop etc. they are not because no conspiracy exists. You made it up or convinced yourself because you are a fool.


Oh, dukes was never open "all hours" it's was only ever open post 23:00 filling a valuable gap in the market for those wanting a tin of beans at midnight.

Anonymous said...

Can this be confirmed - did the owner of Dukes die? He was a top bloke. Part of the local area and part of my memories of this area in so many ways.

Anonymous said...

Shop looks reeem

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