Asda and Gym Group sign up for Thurston Central

A rendering of the scheme. Asda confirmed, generic coffee shop not included
Thurston Central, the mixed-use development (400 homes) nearing completion at the foot of Loampit Vale, has confirmed that their commercial tenants will include an Asda supermarket and a 24/7 gym, run by The Gym Group.

As a budget operator, The Gym Group will find itself in direct competition with Glassmill Leisure Centre on the opposite side of the road, but they clearly the recognise unmet local demand for gym space. Asda still has plans to open a supermarket in Lee. The original scheme did not include food retail space and also looked considerably better in the renders.

With the retail units at Renaissance still empty, it's encouraging to see the space go so quickly and while Lewisham is not short of supermarkets, this will make a pedestrian-friendly alternative to Tesco.

22 comments:

LewishamLovely said...

Gutted. I thought b&q had been mentioned as the future tenant. Would have preferred it to Asda.

Neilgadhok said...

Brilliant news. That sector of the road crying out for a decent supermarket

Charlie said...

Really? There's Tesco and Sainsbury's within 5 minutes walk as well as the Tesco garage almost opposite the site.

Headhunter said...

Exactly - the Tesco is a pretty big one too.... And Lewisham street market with all the fresh fruit and veg you need... But anyway, Asda is welcome

Brockley Nick said...

B&Q has just announced a major store closure programme.

Neilgadhok said...

For anyone living East of Ladywell towards Lewisham station this will be really welcome news. The TEsco garage is packed and has limited stock. Nowhere near to dash and grab some nice meat and stuff for the kids. Until Heckstall & Smith opens anyway!

Woman of Brockley said...

Surely Sainsbury's and M&S in the Riverdale Centre will be nearer, or at any rate no further? There's also a Tesco at the bottom of Lewisham High Street.

Woman of Brockley said...

Also, I'm genuinely surprised you expect Asda to have nice meat. Asda is owned by Walmart these days.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Will it be a full size or "High Street" local Asda? Difficult to see from the rendition?
I had heard it was going to be a new style high street click and collect Ikea, but that proposal obviously fell through. Which is a shame.

Neilgadhok said...

I'm an ocado shopper normally but was really pleasantly surprised at price/value of Asda when I went in recently. By far the best high st supermarket IMO. Their Leith's stuff very nice as well (i don't work for them!) Sainsbury's and M&S in Lewisham both v ltd selection.

Brockley Nick said...

"Asda is owned by Walmart these days." And?

Woman of Brockley said...

Walmart is not known as a flagship for high ethical standards. I'm not saying Asda's meat or anything else is poor, but I certainly wouldn't go there looking for outstanding quality. Lowish prices, yes, but can they rival Aldi/Lidl?

Monkeyboy said...

you haven't lived until you've discovered the Screwfix catalogue

Anon said...

When oh when are we going to get a Waitrose?!

Neilgadhok said...

As a meat connoisseur! I can vouch that Asda's premium range of meat is far superior to sainsburys and tescos and cheaper to boot.

terrencetrentderby said...

Even Waitrose destined animals meet a bloody cruel end in the slaughterhouse at the end of the bolt gun and knife. If you're that fussed about ethical standards don't eat meat and get all high and mighty about your supermarkets.

Sienna Alto said...

Sainsburys have taken a 4892q ft space in the Renaissance development on Loampit Vale

Sean said...

Wow, this is great news! Do you have any idea when this is planning to open, or are you just using the below source as a reference..?

http://propertylink.estatesgazette.com/property-details/5953037-renaissance-sainsburys-investment-loampit-vale-lewisham-se13-7dj

Woman of Brockley said...

We've got one in Deptford.

Andreas said...

There is a sign posted on the board saying that Sainsbury's supermarket have applied for a spirit licence, so pretty sure they'll be moving in. The space looks quite big so it looks promising.

Brockley Nick said...

So you don't want another supermarket but you do want an Aldi?

snoop said...

i'm sure you get my drift


well if i'd known you were marking the posts, i'd have taken more time on it... ;)

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