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