Thursday, 18 September 2008

An Unsafe Bet

With the economic doom and gloom continuing, I fear more retail failures in Worcester Park in the months to come. The most recent casualty is 'Loving Thoughts' (the card shop next to Clarks) which has shut up shop due to lack of trade.

The good news is that we won't be faced with yet another empty retail unit on Central Road. The bad news is that a betting shop will be moving in to its place - not quite what Central Road has been crying out for, but arguably better than yet another charity shop.

Of course the future of Worcester Park's retailers is very much in your hands. As the clouds of economic uncertainty gather, there's no better time to show your support for local traders.

18 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

The Parkerilla said...

Lets hope, for the sake of its staff, that the Halifax doesn't become a vacant retail unit as well. Who knows what the Lloyd's strategy will be but I remember when they took over Cheltenham and Gloucester the building soc. branches were closed and C&G mortgage desks set up in Lloyd's branches.

Columbo Central... said...

Shame for poor Loving Thoughts... the half price sale went on for ages!...to have a betting shop in its place is not good...would rather it WAS another charity shop then there would be 8? or 9?
Its sad to see these small shops going, with friendly owners and quality goods, we must, as hard as we can support local traders.

Anonymous said...

I vote for a woolworths in the old Marks and spencers - then we would never have to darken the doors of North Cheam

Anonymous said...

Well, it looks the only things opening up are chain coffee shops ie. Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero and betting shops. In Dorking, we have had a lot of shops close recently. In its place we have a Coral bookmakers open up in the High Street and a Caffe Nero are rumoured to be opening up where Currys are at present. To make things worse, we already have a bloody Costa and Starbucks! The same thing is happening down here, we have a lovely independent coffee shop (Fothergills) which is apparently going to close, a lovely tea shop called Hasketts which simply cannot compete with the likes of the dull and soulless chain coffee shop. I am very surprised that Caffe Nero and Starbucks have not descended on the likes of Worcester Park yet and it is only a matter of time before they do.

DORKING Dan

Jennifer said...

With the recent reported loss of 100m, I would think Woolworths will be closing branches, not opening them!

SC said...

I'd rather have a bookies than a charity chop frankly. Not that I'd use either but it feels like there are far to many charity shops on the high street now.

My vote would be for a café - starbucks or nero would be good. No problem with chains as they give people what they want and are open when people want to use them.

But I do agree that it would be great if something opened in the old M&S location...

Sid said...

I'd happily support local traders - the problem is most of them on Central Road are crap

Ian Morris said...

Id like to see a second KFC!

coffee-man said...

Surely not Starbucks with their awful coffee .No more betting shops or charity shops.
Lets get back M & S and let them expand by knocking down the Huntsmans Hall.
Now thats a good idea.

Columbo Central said...

Knock it down for sure!

Anonymous said...

I noticed activity in the empty shop at the top of Central Road, which was once the 'Grand Estates', estate agents. Wonder what it's going to be?

Captain America said...

Chicken Cottage anyone?

Anonymous said...

Even sadder I noticed today the 'SEXY WOMAN I LOVE YOU MANHOOD' graffiti has been removed from the railway bridge at old malden.
Thats the end of worcester ark as far as i'm concerned

Anonymous said...

I agree with Ian what Worcester Park needs is another KFC. If that is not possible surely a MacDonalds would be a welcome addition to our High St.

Ian Morris said...

Or a burger king. You have to go all the way to sutton or wimbledon to get a whopper!

Ian Morris said...

I cant' believe the 'SEXY WOMAN I LOVE YOU, MANHOOD' graffiti has gone. Thats been there as long as i can remember. We got to get it put back up there. I remember when i was a kid asking my mum in the car what manhood was. Ah so naive!

Anonymous said...

Yup as long as I can remember well over 20 years its a genuine shame.

Anonymous said...

Does my memory fail me, or was there something on there before 'sexy woman i love you manhood', which was painted over, only to be replaced practically the next day with the aforementioned 'manhood'

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