Monday, 24 May 2010

Glass Half Full



It's always much nicer to report on vacant shop units about to be filled than it is to write about shop units falling empty.

The former 'Barn Glass' property, opposite the North End Tavern on the corner of Lindsay Road,  is to be turned into an off lience according to an application that has been submitted by Gerards Cross based 'Perfect Wines Ltd'.

It's a bold choice at a time when off licences and wine merchants are generally struggling, and they will face tough competition from nearby Sainsbury's Local and Costcutter, but good luck to them!

16 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

WP Spur said...

IMO the problem for any retail business of this kind is the parking. Customers will just want to pop in and out quickly. Best of luck to them though and I hope they negotiated a good deal on the rent..

Martin said...

With regard to parking, I'm sure this is going to wind up all the residents of St Phillips Gate who will find their gates blocked even more often.

Anonymous said...

ridiculous... no need at all for yet another off licence in that area, not when there is already Sainsburys, Costcutter and other independents further down the high street. As already mentioned, parking is already a problem at that junction.

bear said...

I, for one, am glad that another WP retail outlet will not be left vacant. Good luck to them!
As for parking this has always been an issue in WP, people should use their feet and walk rather than jumping in car for a five minute drive to the high street

Ian morris said...

Seems like an odd choice of location especially when there are several units vacant down the high street in more prominents positions and where parking would be less of an issue. I wish them all the best but can't see it lasting long.

Andrew B said...

An offy ! God help us ! That's all we need right outside the North End Tavern to further fuel the antisocial louts that pass down Lindsay Road some weekends. Are you reading this Sutton Planning ?

Erika said...

Andrew B - (sorry all for changing subject here)I am in the process of buying a flat almost opposite Sainsburys (and pretty much next to Lindsay Road) but I had no idea that it was an area renowned for having louts frequenting the roads - this has really put me off - could you tell me the experiences you've had or witnessed please?

Nichu said...

I don't live that near Lindsay Road, but I don't think there is any more trouble here in WP than anywhere else. You get the occasional drunken idiots, but I don't imagine it's too different to anywhere else. On the whole, a good place to live.

Longperson said...

I live on Longfellow Road - yes, on Friday and Saturday nights you do sometimes get a bit of noise from people turning out from the pubs and bars at closing time and making their way home, but nothing threatening and nothing that would put me off living in what is a very good area.

I should imagine all roads of town centres with bars and pubs experience this issue, but again I must stress these issues are few and far between and pretty mild!

chris said...

i have recently moved to this area, i hope the new wine shop has nice people running it, i'm all for wishing good luck to people who take risks during difficult times. i'm also glad to note from the comment that the people of Worcester park have not caught the negative and selfish vibes of recent times. Chris

Rick said...

Erika, the location of the flat is on a high street, opposite a school, and amongst parades of shops, so there’s going to be a certain amount of street noise for much of the day. But at that location, the noise from local trains shouldn’t be noticeable.

Quiet and noisy are nonetheless subjective terms. If it were me, I’d have a few recces at different times, especially on a Friday and Saturday evening. Judge for yourself what it’s like to live there.

Jacey said...

Erika - to put my tuppence worth in. I've lived in Worcester Park since 1993 and think its a very good place to live in. Handy for London, reasonable buses and great restaurants and takeaways - particularly love Happy Garden at top of High Street.
I lived in Longfellow Road for 13 years and had no trouble at al (my neighbours were more of a pain than passing strangers!). Little bit of "walkng down the middle of road at 2am shouting" and that was it.
As Rick says, you can do a reccy. I think you'll be fine, it really is a good place to live.

WP Spur said...

Quote: Anonymous said...
'ridiculous... no need at all for yet another off licence in that area..'

So you're perfectly happy to see the unit remain empty, along with the petty vandalism that this attracts? Give it a chance, perhaps they'll be offering a something a bit different, some unusual beers and wines perhaps..

miss giggles said...

I live in Lindsay Road and think anything would be good to fill that empty unsightly shop that makes that end of the road look so tatty.Good luck to them!
Parking will be a problem because at the moment it's the white van men that use the North End Tavern pub, use the corner of Lindsay Road as their car park which can be pretty annoying when your driving through as it gets very narrow!
Erika - I would agree that there is noise, i.e shouting on a Fri/Sat night when the pubs are closing and people are walking down the street a little too merry but nothing more then you get anywhere else.

Tash said...

It's about time the place is used for something. Seems a little pointless that it's an offie when you have a waitrose, a mini sainsburys(?) and a massive sainsburys 5 mins in either direction, but it's better than standing empty or having YET ANOTHER charity shop opening up. I wonder if that shop by the butcher (used to be Drury & Cole) is EVER going to be used for anything. It's been vacant for over 20 years. It would be really nice if places like that could at least be used as temporary exhibition space for local artists such as myself - god knows there are few enough places for local artists to exhibit as it is. It would make the street look much brigher too rather than having one more boarded up dingy hole in the parade of shops.
I've lived here all my life - WP used to be a fairly nice place when I was a little kid but in the past 10 years the area has really gone to to dogs, and it's a shame because it has so much potential.

Jacey said...

Well I can't agree Tash though of course that's your opinion. There are many dreadful places not too far away, some become a no-go area in the evenings. Not sure what its based on but I've been here since 1993 and think its fine. It has all the shops needed - thank goodness we don't have Primark, McD's etc (again that's my opinion) - if I want these I can go to Kingston. It also has some great take-aways and restaurants - if only I could afford to go now! What I like is it isn't overdeveloped and can't be. Okay, the empty shops aren't good but everywhere has them, even Cheam Village. Be grateful its an okay place, you really could live somewhere dreadful.Still, each to their own I guess.

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