Asda comes to Deptford

The march of the supermarket convenience stores through south east London continues, with the news that Asda is applying to convert a 99p store on Deptford High Street into one of their small stores.

Deptford Dame reports that it will be going head-to-head with Tesco on the high street soon. Up to a point, BC's view is that the spread of supermarket convenience stores is good news. It helps reduce car use, brings people to shop on their high street instead of retail parks and gives the people what they want (reflecting a shift from weekly shops to impulse purchases). The supermarkets are mostly cannibalising their own trade or fighting off threats from deep discounters like Aldi and Lidl or online retailers like Ocado and the units are too small to compete with the specialist independents like those that grace Deptford High Street.

However, moderation in all things. Deptford's already been swamped by bookies. It would be nice if any shops following Asda's lead did so at their expense.

17 comments:

Max Calò said...

Supermarkets convenience stores may give some people what they want, not to me though. I have small Tesco near me and it's full of inedible stuff. Heaps of burgers, cheap chicken and never ending offers on 6 packs of Carling. No onions though. It's on Rushey Green though, so it sits well with the Hospital and the Funeral Directors...

Martin said...

I live on the East side of the Brockley station and I am still amazed that there's not a single veg trader in the area. I used to live in a run down area of Lambeth but within the walking area from my house there were several shops or stalls selling basic vegetables (not some organic italian, hand-picked kale but potatoes, tomatoes, onion, lemon etc). They were normally much cheaper than supermarkets.
We do have the weekly Brockley Market which I love but I think there's some market opportunity to have a place where you can buy veg on your way home.

Headhunter said...

There plenty of pound a bowl fruit and veg stalls at Lewisham and Deptford markets although they're not right on our doorstep in Brockers. I shop at Lewisham Market every Sat, have done for about 5 years...

Neilgadhok said...

Having the majors invest in an area is good news in my book. More so it beng Asda which I've recently discovered has the best price/quality mix of all the supermarkets. Now if only they (or someone else) would turn their sights on Ladywell. Families crying out for decent places to shop.

Primeval Mudd said...

The majors take money out of the area - not many of their shareholders are Lewisham residents and the companies themselves use tax avoidance schemes - something your average independent shop owner doesn't have access to.

ASDA's parent company Walmart are well known for their union busting and low wages too. ASDA aren't a living wage employer. We all pay for that through in-work benefits and tax credits.

We really need to do more to properly support our indies. They might not pay too well either but at least they're not shovelling money in their shareholders' direction instead.

OKK said...

Asda and quality? Ha!

terrencetrentderby said...

Plenty of crap little independent corner shops, about time they had some corporate competition. People will vote with their feet.

NAT said...

Co op scores pretty well on both the convenience and the fresh veg, though it's amusing, and nice in a way, that some of their ready meals, take an hour and a half to cook, like proper food, but then it tastes a bit like proper food as well.

I get my onions in a net sack from one of the Sri Lankan shops on Loampit vale for about 50p a kilo.

NAT said...

Oh, and as we're on the topic of supermarket food, 89p for four pints of milk will result in empty fields and a severely compromised rural economy.

Max Calò said...

I'm not too exited about Coop actually, I use it because the one on Hither Green Lane is quite near, but they're just ok-ish for fruit and veg in my opinion, again they're normally lacking some essential like garlic or carrots, so to get all I want I need to go in two or three shops, one has the onions, another has the the carrots... so if I only need those kinds of stuff I go to the Bengali shop next to Tesco that has both without fail. I like big Supermarket where you find all sorts of stuff or small shops and markets. Small supermarkets have a place but just not in my heart, I'm finding myself more and more looking at their shelves and thinking that there's not much I fancy eating there.

terrencetrentderby said...

Milk is bad for you anyway

terrencetrentderby said...

Thecoops are all really crap for veg.


Who has the cleaner shop, the Sri Lankans or Bengalis? Anyone know the ethnicity of that guy who always inadvertently scratched you when giving change in the old Nisa on the Westside, with his one lone fingernail, that shop was really minging, glad it’s a Sainsbury’s now.

NAT said...

I peel the onions I buy at the sri Lankan shop so havn't yet actually been poisoned.The subtle insiduousness with which you link shops run by Asian proprietors with insanitary conditions is instructive.

terrencetrentderby said...

I never made that connection but now you've said it...

NAT said...

Yes you made the connection. Asda and Co op you weren't comparing, in terms of cleanliness. Now that I've pointed out what you've done you have denied iit, but in some obscure way we're about to, appreciate, you're going to defend the comment you didn't make.

terrencetrentderby said...

You've lost me?

Anon said...

They're also making a Lidl on the other side of Deptford high street!

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