New Crofton Park cafe? [UPDATED]

Friend of BC Molewife has been talking to the builders refurbishing an old shop in Crofton Park and reckons they are converting it into a cafe of some sort. If anyone has any further details, please let us know.
The empty unit next to the Lycamobile signage is showing signs of life
If true, this means that an amazing year of new local high street business is set to continue into the autumn.

UPDATE: Crofton Park Life informs us that this is going to be something more akin to a deli than a cafe. Most of all, it sounds like they're planning something akin to the Brockley Deli. More soon.

19 comments:

Headhunter said...

With all these new cafes popping up in Crofton Park, the residents round there will be buzzing from now til new year.... On the subject of coffee I've started to buy a Sat morning espresso from that Dark Fluid stand at Brockley Market - sublime tasting coffee I have to say....

Crofty said...

Ah, was hoping it might be the rumoured fruit/veg/bread shop/deli that someone here said they were thinking of opening in the area. Meanwhile have been holding breath for months about mysterious and exciting work going on inside obscured-windowed shop on corner of Brockley and Beecroft Roads... only for brand new shopfront sign to finally go up the other day: Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward. D'oh.

AliAfro said...

Here's the proposed floor layout (with staircases moved to create more space):

http://planning.lewisham.gov.uk/online-applications/files/DDD3AE0EDB14E1199E5DE609843FA1FC/pdf/DC_14_86524-PROPOSED_PLAN-256223.pdf

Sew247 said...

Hopefully we'll be able to get a flat white for less than £3 ;-)

Ez said...

About time something was done with it. It's been unused for over 15 years at least. Often wondered how something can stay empty for so long and whether anything suspicious was going on.

Martin said...

Great news! It's good that empty shops find some use

MerrittMan said...

Great to see another empty unit coming back into use, and if its anything like The Brockley Deli it will be an excellent addition to the area.


I believe KFH are just moving across the road to a bigger office. Their current property is currently available for rent: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-to-let/property-43262407.html?premiumA=true


Lets hope someone does something interesting with it!

mandi said...

Ive heard (but i cant remember Where from) ! Its gonna be a french deli/patisserie....??

Matt-Z said...

Up for rent at £15k per year. That's why it's so difficult for small businesses to get going.

terrencetrentderby said...

Very poor show once again from Lewisham Council who have consistently proven they cannot look after their high streets. It's half the reason Brockley is developing at such a snail's pace compared to nearby Peckham and Nunhead, both of which sport fantastic parades.

They really don't care how long properties stay empty/derelict or how cruddy Brockley Road looks as long as someone is paying the extortionate rates.

Headhunter said...

Exactly.... There was a flurry of excitement about the possibility of the "Ask Toes" building being finally redeveloped after 20+ years a little while back but so far no news... Lewisham BC planning is woefully underfunded and under enforced... They keeping setting up conservation areas but then fail to regulate them or enforced their guidelines. I mean what's the point in spending the money to set them up if it means nothing?

terrencetrentderby said...

It is time we dragged their naked corpses through the street,

Headhunter said...

I'm in if you are..

mussolini said...

and eventually hang them from the excellent new 'lamp columns' being provided by Lewisham Council?

Brockley Nick said...

Before we organise said lynch mob, can I just clarify what the problem is? Long-disused shop being turned into cafe = bad news and somehow the Council's fault?


Also, HH, I don't know if you've been past that Ask Toes property but it is being refurbished and clearly required extensive work to bring it back in to use.

terrencetrentderby said...

Old man Nick with his finger on the button.
15 years is too long for a prime site to be left idle. It all adds up to piss poor management of the borough, surely high streets are the heart of decent communities so need to be managed on at least a minimum level, which they are not currently.
Villa Toscana was empty for years before those people from the film Taken took it over.

mussolini said...

'we'? does that mean you're up for it?


bring rope, no clarification needed, this is pure rage against a drought (ie, not one within a 10 metre walk of another) of coffee shops in Crofton Park

Headhunter said...

Yada, yada, yada.... Can we get on with the lynching now?

NAT said...

Eminently practical, but the 'new, new' ones or the heritage 'Fanny by Gaslight' ones? When I first saw those, dark deeds sprang immediately to mind, though it was more of the topper and stiletto variety.

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