Brockley Sainsbury's - work begins

Sainsbury's will occupy the unit being refurbished (right)
The Nisa next to the Broca Food Market on Mantle Road has closed.

Work has begun on the new Sainsbury's Local that will replace it. The new store will be larger than its predecessor and is due to open within weeks.

36 comments:

SF said...

Sadly, the giant corporate will doubtless kill the Broca :(

alibob said...

nope sir, I dont like it.

Gaz said...

It would be good to bring honest pricing to that stretch

Brockley Nick said...

Please don't speculate on the closure of local businesses, even if meant with good intentions. Anyway, I don't see that will be the case. The Allotment lives side by side in New Cross with two Sainsbury's. As long as the Broca continues to offer good service, good value and something different to the mainstream supermarket chains (like Nisa, which it has been competing with for a long time), it should be fine.

lzm said...

I live right on the corner and worry for the brocca. I'll be trying to support as much as I can. Its a shame they don't do their veg boxes anymore though. That is the sort of offering that could give them the upper hand over Sainsburys.

terrencetrentderby said...

Looking forward to buying honest doughnut fare with my Broca veg

Patrick said...

I find fruit and veg prices at the Broca very reasonable, always surprised with what I'll get for £10. They have some expensive fare, but these are more out-of-the-way items.

Rose Bud said...

I give daily thanks for Broca - globe artichokes, wild garlic, purple sprouting broccoli - fantastic produce. I'll probably use the new Sainsbury's for wine 'emergencies'.

Gaz said...

Simple supply and demand

Gibby said...

and exploitation of small farmers.

Anon and on said...

Interesting to see that the original name for the store when it was built in the 20's or 30's has been uncovered and is etched in the concrete, it was called the 'Royal Arsenal Co-operative'.

Anon said...

I love the broca ... But it is in need of an update... It is always out of things and could do kath being a little more organised ... Having said that it has a strong USP, just need a bit of an update as it looks a bit tired lately...

Kenny Tinsel said...

I suspect Sainsburys opening will only help The Broca. In my opinion, The Broca has two problems. Firstly it's not in a great location, it would do better on the other side of tracks. Sainsburys will bring more people to that parade, some of whom will also visit the Broca. I doubt the Broca will lose any of its current custom to Sainsburys. The Broca's other problem is that it has very unreliable stock levels (and not just for fresh lines). Although they could sort this out themselves, again I suspect Sainsburys will only help them. I am much more likely to make the trek across the tracks in the knowledge that if the Broca doesn't have what I want I can pick up an honest equivalent at Sainsburys...

brockley man said...

Shops and restaurants will always do better in The Conservation area of Brockley!

Mickeymouse said...

Wish it was the other side of the tracks, would be handy to walk past on my way home from work. I am pretty unlikely to ever use it as the new Nisa is more convenient for us Eastenders...

Westie said...

There's loads of people in west Brockley that are very happy about this! Time for a gravity shift!

Broca fan said...

Me too! I think the fruit and veg is very reasonably priced - as are the eggs and bread. Come to think of it I don't think any of their stock is outrageously priced--I buy their cold cuts and meats and these seem very reasonable to me for the quality you're getting.

Blunderbuss said...

The owners of the old Nisa didn't 'call it a day', after 10 years the new owners of the building decided not to renew their lease and forced them out so they could get a more prestigious new tenent. It's not just the Broca that might be in trouble, don't forget that unlike the conservation area which only has retail on its perimetre, the westside has lots of shops within it; three corner shops, the Broca, new Nisa, the Quickstop Shop and a Co-op! It's highly unlikely that all these businesses will be unaffected by this.

I liked living in an area where my local shop wasn't a chain, in a small way it made the area more interesting, now it'll just feel like everywhere else, in this gradually homogenising city. Contrary to some opinions here, none of the people I know want the Sainsburys. People are weird if the arrival of something as rubbish as a chain mini-supermarket, makes them like their neighbourhood more.

Brockley Nick said...

I agree it's a bit odd to be excited by the prospect of a supermarket chain arriving in the area, but I also think it's a bit odd to

Tim said...

The Broca is much more reasonable than one might think. We tend to get what we can of our weekly shop there then visit a supermarket to fill the gaps. I encourage people to do the same.

Brockley Jon said...

Photo! :)

Broca Fan said...

Me too! Please Broca relocate/ open up a branch around the Cross. Certainly not crowded on that side. :-)

Blunderbuss said...

Well I didn't say I was excited about the original Nisa, I just preferred it that's all. Is it that odd not wanting your local shop to be a chain? Obviously it was no great shakes, but I liked the slightly ramshackled cramped nature of it and i liked the guys that ran it. Look it's just a supermarket not a cafe or bar but, having a shiny bright Sainsbury's at the bottom of the road is actually less interesting because they are everywhere. And seeing how the big 4 have decimated the high street and other local shops, admittedly along with other factors, i'd rather have a locally run, unprepossessing mini-mart. Still I guess it's something for the eastsiders to be jealous of.

Westie said...

Does anyone know when the open date will be?

Headhunter said...

Interesting! It's a long way from Royal Arsenal....

Aricana said...

No, please stay exactly where you are!

terrencetrentderby said...

It wasn't that great though was it, no need to be so sentimental

Headhunter said...

Tried to post yesterday but my comment disappeared into the ether... If you look up Royal Arsenal Co Operative on Wiki, it says that it was quite a major cooperative society in the late 19th and 20th centuries, it owned homes, shops etc and was run by workers paying them above the "trade union standard" and dividend. Ironically it says it collapsed largely due to the changing face of retail brought about by supermarkets like Sainsbury's!

Anon and on said...

Ha oh the irony... Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

heckmcbuff said...

Great news - Sainsbury's provides cheaper and more variety for groceries and will save us a trip to Lewisham or New Cross. After shopping at Lewisham markets for the mighty 'Pound a Bowl' fruit and veg option, our bags are to full to fit in groceries as well. Also happy, as Sainsbury's appear to adhere to the Equal Opportunities Employment requirements more than the local Brockley supermarkets.

NAT said...

Oh Heck, don't the pound a bowl lot give you a bag? They always give me one, Sainsbury's as well.

Crossleybrockness said...

I posted a few days ago in favour of the Sainsb & supportively towards the other shops and my post has not been posted.

Crossleybrockness said...

I note this one now has.

Brockley Nick said...

And what do you conclude from these observations?

roysavage said...

They get enough subsidies from us anyway

roysavage said...

if you could say that in gaelic i will be impressed.

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