Crofton Park gripped by Malays

Arlo & Moe will have a new neighbour next week
Alan writes:

There is a new Malaysian deli opening in the previously empty unit beside Arlo & Moe.

I was having a look in through the front door today and a lady came out to speak to me. They are opening next week and will be serving Malaysian food to eat in, and selling spices and other ingredients.

Looks nice inside with brightly coloured decor, a deli counter, and a good space for eating in. Sounds like a really cool addition to the area.

18 comments:

Dekanube said...

Just checked the date.... So glad this is not April fools!

Kevin Milburn said...

Great headline! Looking forward to going to this place, sounds a good addition to Crofton Park.

Nasi Goreng said...

This looks interesting, quite different from the usual shops in Crofton Park. What will it be called, I wonder?

Richard Elliot said...

Sounds really exciting. I hope they serve some authentic Malaysian food.

Mike Acord said...

Would be nice to have something else. Clothes boutique or book store? Perhaps a music store. I'm sure people do more than eat and drink coffee! Anyway it's better than just having a empty shop front, so in that aspect good luck to them.

Brockley Nick said...

No one of sound mind would open either a book stores or a music store. Malaysian delis are hardly common place.

Mike Acord said...

No, but deli's in general are. Why wouldn't anyone open a store that sold music or media? Because there is a library across the road or because of the internetz? Just thinking that all that seems to be going up at the moment is food related... cupcakes/coffee/deli's/chicken shops.. someone needs to inject something new into our little gastronomic area of the globe. Maybe a oversized clothes shop for all those expanding waistelines.

Brockley Nick said...

Because there is a steadily decreasing demand for physical formats and what need there is is met by online retailers and a very small number of major retailers with huge buying power.

There's room for some specialist independents, but mostly in the city centre or in specialist clusters, like Camden, where a massive music scene brings in lots of potential customers. And it's hard to be a specialist retailer, offering a specialist audience the kind of depth they're looking for when you over a very limited amount of floor space offered by those high street units.

Only a hobbyist, who doesn't need to make money out of it, would start a book or music shop here.

How many vinyl or paperback classics do you have to sell to pay your monthly rent, rates, utility bills, marketing costs and staff wages (not to mention repay the loans you took out to acquire the stock)? How many more before you've made a reasonable income for yourself? How many hardcore musos or book lovers are there in Brockley, who'd shop there every month? How many more would take a train to Crofton Park instead of making their way to Tottenham Court Road or Islington?



Not going to happen. Better to focus on what does have a fighting chance.

Mike Acord said...

I only used them as a example. I think it just needs someone to think out of the (take away) box. Surely the minority of the people in the area are only going to use this store, covering a larger demographic base is better for the area and better for the community as a whole.

Brockley Nick said...

So are you complaining that there are too many shops selling the same thing? (your original argument) Or that this shop is selling something too differentiated and thus not useful to a large number of people (your new argument). Because they are fairly contradictory complaints.


If it's not useful to people, it will shut. If it is, it will stay open. There are lots of units and lots of shops. Your argument seems to amount to "this isn't a shop I would go in, thus it should be something else."


A specialist retailer, who fills an empty unit, is great news for the area. There are plenty of other empty shops.

damnyoualltohell said...

Yeah. You tell him, Nick.

Anonymous said...

Like the white room or benoval clothes shops that have opened in the last few months? How about paraphernalia, the clothes shop across the road?

Crofton Park has 2 clothes shops and now 3 businesses in your deli/coffee/cupcake world (ie 1 of each in this place/Arlo and Moe/Pat a Cake). Think your balance of stores may be a touch out?

Anonymous said...

Presumably Brockley Badger

I name that shop said...

Crofton Park Satay House

Penang Spice Emporium

Kuala Lumpur Cake Shop

Fish Head Soup Kitchen



Laksa Redang and Samble Store

bookfan said...

Mind you a small independent bookshop opened on a very non-booky, residential street near Peckham Common a year ago, Rye Books - so miracles can happen! But it is well within moseying distance of Crofton Park so I guess we can live without our own.

Mike Acord said...

I tried to use them as examples. Obviously didn't come across that way. I too would like anything instead of a empty shop. Paraphernalia is a ladies boutique, and that new one by brockley cross looks like a vintage clothes store, I could be wrong though. I'm just thinking that something else apart from food could bring it all together.

AlanSE4 said...

The sign is now up, they've decided to keep it simple with "Malaysian Deli" :-)

champor champor said...

all I have to say is YUM YUM YUM. Hoping that it will have all the coffee shop faves like the tariq and roti canai... but maybe that is wishful thinking

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