Shops closing in Catford Shopping Centre

It’s finally sinking in that plans for the regeneration of Catford Town Centre mean that things could get worse before it gets better.

Shops closing in Catford Shopping Centre

With WHSmith closing its doors next month the news that Risky and Internacionale are also closing this month is bad news for shoppers. I hope that the Council have other retailers lined up for these spaces otherwise the Shopping Centre is going to be like a ghost town very soon.

I don’t know why Risky is closing its doors, when I asked a member of staff he didn’t know either.

Internacionale on the other hand is closing due to financial problems. The high street chain employs over 1,500 staff and operates 89 stores across the UK but it entered administration following a period of continued poor trading and increasing creditor pressure.

There were hopes that a buyer would save them but this hasn’t happened.

Regeneration of Catford

I know things have to be destroyed before they can be rebuilt and the makeover on Catford Broadway is meant to generate some interest in the area but this will take time. With the exception of Sapporo Ichiban and the Nubian Centre, the current shops on the Broadway are much of a muchness. They all seem to be thriving though and I suppose it’s all we can ask for at this point.

What I’d like to see along the High Street and Catford Broadway are boutiques selling men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. I’d also love to see a decent shoe shop. If not now, then hopefully when the regeneration of the Shopping Centre is done Catford can attract some of these shops.

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CAzT
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CAzT

I live in Catford and I’d never even heard of internacionale which says it all. Risky was ok but come on. I think Catford has a lot of potential but the shopping centre is awful and would be best put to use as cheap pop up units to encourage creativity and enterprise. Catford Canteen proved very popular and look at Street Feast in Lewisham (Model Market). Does anyone know what kind of rent these units are asking? They really should be rent free for a period. I visited a similarly ugly empty spot in Copenhagen but it turned into one of the trendiest areas as all the disused shops turned into quirky cafes and bars. It’s quite easy to transform a unit, but financial help/rent free periods are required to… Read more »

trulysplendid
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Hi Catfordians ! I am a local resident who is trying to bring Catford up to scratch by opening a Vintage Style Living shop and Tearoom , looking for suitable premises . For more information please see my project on Spacehive http://www.spacehive.com/bringingvintagestyletocatford

Ronnie Haydom
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That depressing centre should be pulled down, and the cat kept as a high street mascot. I find it so distressing that Ladywell can be so chi chi and Catford so shit shit. Although, on reflection, I suppose that’s what makes London stimulating. Even so, let’s lose the shopping centre

Cathy Ashley
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Cathy Ashley

It depends on the income and likely spend of an area. If everyone in the area who has money to spend but works up town they tend to spend up town. Look at what someone who runs a shop can get from the population of the area. Our wards are in the bottom 30% nationally for deprivation. That means that most people don’t have lots of money to spend. The shops on the Broadway are satisfying basic everyday needs that people need to buy. It’s good that there are fresh food shops that give a variety of foods. If they are well used we can have what is essential. And if the area gets a reputation for good fresh food then they will attract customers. The Sunday market had all… Read more »

Ali
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Ali

One of the little independent shops also closed at the weekend. A little Aladdins cave. I’m guessing it can’t compete with the £ shops, but I also assumed they are all going before they get turfed out for rebuilding. The Sunday market is a different affair. It wasn’t pleasant for people to shop there when the roadworks were there, and I think that’s why people stayed away recently, but if there also aren’t enough stalls to make it worthwhile for customers then they won’t show up. The few stall holders who were there for the last few did not want to go elsewhere. They had no trade up at the alternative stands provided at Lewisham market and who wants to sell their scones next to a guy selling duvet covers… Read more »

richard
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richard

The catford monthly market was doomed to failure as soon as the works on the broadway were allowed to stretch out for so long. Some of the work is still going on! The logical time to have started up the market would surely have been spring time (if they’d have finished the works) when people want to go out in the sunshine, listen to the band and buy some nice treats. My main complaint is that the broadway is just allowed to be used as a very expensive car park for the meat shops that allow bods in 4×4’s to just sit there. I’d love for some of the cheap meat shops to close and be replaced by more places to eat. A new Turkish has opened up on the… Read more »

Francesca Iannini
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Francesca Iannini

I totally agree with Richard about how wasteful is the under-use of the newly refurbished Broadway. It really gets me that it already looks old and tatty and really is currently just a very nice parking space for the few stalls and shops there. I wonder if there is any pressure we can exercise as a community. I was thinking of going to Councillor Mouldon’s surgey on Sat 19th to also get an update on what is happening with the wider regeneration. There are no news being communicated, not that I have been able to find out. Are there any other forums we can access or intervene in?
Francesca

Susan
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Susan

Catford people need to wake up. The only shops which are going to survive are the independent stores. Support your local independent shops.

Michelle Clark
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Michelle Clark

I love Gorgeous Gifts & Accessories on 117 Rushey Green. The shop is amazing. Independent and still trading. If you have never been in go in the staff a very pleasant and the customer service is on point. They stock, Handmade shea Butter creams I love the Lemon one. Soaps, Aromatherapy products, Canvas printing and much more.. I love the home fragrance the shop smells gorgeous too.

Sandra
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Sandra

Lidl has just completed a refurb and is looking good. I noticed that Aldi is undergoing refurbishment too. Makes me wonder if they are both gearing up to take the remaining Tesco customers when the store is forced to close for regeneration. It seems that Tesco are dragging their feet about the regeneration. Wonder if it has anything to do with their failed attempts to turn the Catford Tavern in to a Tesco express. I stopped shopping in Tesco because they are overpriced on most things but after the pub situation, I won’t even pop in for a pack of smokes. There are at least two Tesco shops between here and the big shop in Lewisham. Tesco dominate the borough you’d think they’d be think of the community whose money… Read more »

Simon B
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Simon B

So there was supposed to be a maximum of 6 months delay for TFL to come back with their plans on the Catford transport system to support the start of the regeneration. 8 months later and errrrr….. not a squeak. The town centre is a cross between a ghost town and a shanty dwelling but still no news on the way forward. Maybe the cash ran dry or it was spent elsewhere, seems ominous that there’s been nothing in way of update on this. A few flats built by the station aside I’m beginning to think that the regeneration is just a pipedream, an opportunity for the local councillors to get on their soap box and talk a good game. Another 2 years of this and the place will be… Read more »

Sarah
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Forget the centre of Catford. Cross over the road from argos the same side as weather spoons. You’ll find a little shop by the name of Gorgeous Gifts & Accessories @ 117 Rushey Green Catford London Se6 4aa. They have been there for around 5 yrs. Very lovely gift shop with a mix of gift ideas for all to enjoy. The smells divine and the customer service is one of the best I have come across in Lewisham borough. They have scented candles, simmering Granules, handmade soaps, bath bombs, Canvas printing, business stationary printing and more. Pop in & see for you self. Shop local this Christmas support the independent businesses.

Catford Saint
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Catford Saint

The shopping centre is an awful dump but where is the drive from the Council to do any thing about it? Quite content to refer to TFL and the on-going 30 year old plan to redirect the South Circular and meantime: nothing. Four “pound” shops and parking more expensive than Bromley. And this is the civic centre for the borough…….

DS
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DS

It looks like the empty shops in the shopping precinct are priced around £22k plus business rates of between £8k – £16k pa. It’s no wonder then that there are no independent shops left and none likely to open up with no incentives from the Council for them to take a risk. The sad thing about the shopping situation though is that there is just no choice at all when it comes to buying fresh food. In Lewisham you have the £ a bowl market, the great delis such as the Italian and the Polish one next door, several Chinese and Sri Lankan grocery stores, Sainsbury’s, and then Brockley market on a Saturday – there is something for everyone. Catford though has a Tesco, two fruit/veg stalls of very low… Read more »

simon barnshaw
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Once the shops close down then they can start on milford towers why the shops are still open no work can be done on milfordtowers

Simon B
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Simon B

I’m pretty sure that the plan has changed and Milford Towers is staying put. One quick look at rightmove and people are still buying and selling flats there – that doesn’t if the council has a plan to level it!