A message from Mr Lawrence

Following Brockley Ben's report earlier in the week, the Mr Lawrence team has provided the following statement:

The decision to close Mr Lawrence Wine Merchant involves several factors.  Please note the Wine Bar is not closing.

We have been unable to resolve the issue regarding parking in Crofton Park.  The limits which allow for about 8 spaces to serve all of the shops make it very difficult to move goods in and out of the premises.  Lack of parking may also be a contributory factor to people’s propensity to purchase everyday wines from a supermarket with the perception that it is more convenient.

Despite our extremely loyal and supportive customers we have not been able to build the business sufficiently over the years to enable us to take on the staff required that would allow us to take life slightly easier.  The decision to close was not taken lightly.

We are opening a shop on-line which we hope will be operational within the next few days.  Initially our site will have a limited range of wines but this will gradually increase.  Customers will be able to collect their on-line purchases from the Wine Bar, with no delivery costs, however we will also offer a normal on-line delivery service.  Off-sales are, and will continue to be, available in the Wine Bar at shop prices.

Our last day will be 31st December but we are continuing to take delivery of wines and beers so we still have plenty of stock for your Christmas requirements.

We already have possible new tenants for the premises.

A heartfelt thank you to all those who have supported us.