Tyrwhitt Road Pop-Up

When almost all other retail locations in Brockley have been occupied, the question of why this one has remained empty for so long is a mystery.

Nicely refurbished, on a parade of other businesses, round the corner from a busy pub, just down the road from Brockley Market and just up the road from a growing residential population on Loampit Vale, it may not get much footfall but it's nice and accessible and would suit a cafe or similar.

Perhaps it's a little small or a little pricey, but we were going to foretell its occupancy next year as one of our predictions for 2015. So it's very nice to see someone is going to do something with it soon. The question is: What kind of pop up?

10 comments:

Brockley Nick said...

If true, that is incredibly frustrating. The amount of rent they will have lost by leaving it empty for so long is far greater than the amount they must be hoping to gain in terms of premium over the life of a five year lease (or wotevs) and the community loses out in the mean time.

terrencetrentderby said...

"it may not get much footfall". And there is your reason sir.

loampit dweller said...

they're going to have furniture in the pop up (mid-century modern?) and in the new year there will be a cafe/deli... or so i hear.

as someone that does walk by that unit regularly on my way to st johns, etc - a cafe is very exciting news!

Brockley Nick said...

Sure, but:
1. Set rent accordingly
2. Open a place that customers will go slightly out of their way for - a place like the Brockley Deli, which also didn't benefit from much footfall and which is in many ways a far less promising location, but which is regularly full

terrencetrentderby said...

If it stays empty long enough they will drop their rent to the appropriate market rate for a shop in that sort of location, I assume the landlord won't want to pay expensive business rates whilst receiving no rent. Of course this assumption has been proven wrong for certain shops in BC.

Brockley Nick said...

In a rational market, yes, that is what would happen. Anyway, sounds as though the market is grinding into action.

AliAfro said...

Maybe the landlord doesn't want to rent it because they would rather convert to flats and want to suggest there is no demand for commercial space to justify change of use.... Nothing to suggest that this is what is happening here but you never know...

Headhunter said...

Apparently there's also no storage or "back of house" space as that has been incorporated into flats, so it's literally just the shop itself with no stock or kitchen space...

brockley fan said...

It's disheartening to see so many new shops and cafes (many independents) in places like Forest Hill & Crystal Palace. Even Honor Oak and Crofton Park seem to be getting their decent share - just a few weeks ago a smart new gallery opened on Honor Oak parade. What is happening with Sounds Around? And all the empty units around the Cross (King's Convenience store) and the Tea Factory? It makes you long for the days of the hydroponic tomato store.

Brockley Nick said...

There are no empty units in the tea factory.

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