Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Pawn Site

In what is perhaps an inevitable reflection of the state of our economy and our local high street, the Worcester Park Blog understands that H&T Pawnbrokers will be opening a branch in Worcester Park shortly, in the former 'One Stop Party Shop' premises next to HSBC.

Harvey & Thompson Pawnbrokers have over 160 branches nationwide, offering traditional pawnbroking services for gold and jewellery alongside cheque cashing and payday loans.

All good recession-proof stuff (although as previously reported on the blog the supposedly recession-loving Poundland is struggling to make a go of it in Worcester Park).

It is time, I think, to remind myself of my age old mantra that an open shop has to be better than a boarded up shop. Just.

25 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Guest said...

The final nail in the coffin of Worcester Park......

WP Resident said...

Why on earth do we need this in Worcester Park!? Perhaps they do offer a useful service for some but why wouldn't you go to Sutton where there are several larger pawnbroker shops ...  I have to disagree this time - I don't think an open shop is better than a boarded up one - I hope it doesn't stay long. What about a surgery? Now a doctor's is something we really need on Central Road - it would be far more useful to many more residents ...

Guest said...

I used to love going to the high street for a spot of shopping and a bite to eat, now the place has become so depressing it's hard to think of a reason to like going there.
What next? A soup kitchen?

I now just pass through on my way to/from the train.

Just an opinion. Don't jump on me.

guest said...

great, another shop making WP more downmarket

Dave said...

To state the obvious - it will only stay open while they are making money.
Worcester Park would seem to offer little such trade, so I wonder if they've really done their research. Let's hope they haven't taken a long lease.
Isn't this the former Woolwich branch?

misslawbore said...

At least Harvey & Thompson is a respected pawnbroker

Jnorwood said...

Just what we need.  Seedy, horrible and spivvy.

resident said...

Guest.. I suspect sarcasm but I'm liking the soup kitchen idea... At least a soup kitchen would be helping out the less fortunate... a pawn brokers on the other hand? correct me if I'm wrong but you are usually fairly desperate by the time you get to a pawnbroker and then lets heap on more misery - get the calculator out and add the interest to that loan...  

DT said...

At least with a popping shop you are borrowing in a highly controlled environment and as the loan is secured, you get a better rate of interest than their modern equivalent of the 'Pay day loan' organisation.

As others have said I can't see them last long.

Rick said...

No nationwide chain randomly opens outlets. Clearly Harvey & Thompson have undertaken research and concluded that within this locality, there is a sufficient customer base to enable the company to derive a profit.

Average wage increases have fallen well behind the rate of inflation and benefits rises, which means many working families are increasingly struggling to pay for those being rewarded for avoiding work... just ask Harvey & Thompson Pawnbrokers!

Xueyingsean said...

I don't think it will last. WP is a fairly small tight community making people more recognisable. If I needed a pawn shop then I wouldn't go in my local community but nip over to sutton. I just think they have got this one wrong.

Sausageman82 said...

Have just gone past the shop and noticed they had a small poster up about a "funday" as they seem to call it, raising money for Marie curie, maybe it not such a bad thing having them there

Anon said...

Dear Mr. H T Pawnbroker,

WE DON'T NEED YOU HERE !

You've only been here 5 minutes and already a problem on the High Street !!!

Please leave NOW.

anon-woman said...

Dear Anon
It was an attempted robbery, no fault of the shop owners. Would you rather another closed down, boarded up, disused and empty commercial property in place of this new pawnbrokers?
I know many of us wouldn't.

Anon said...

Dear anon-woman,

I’m sure your post was meant with all the best intentions. However, you are clearly missing the point. A shop of this kind obviously has a considerable amount of cash behind the counter and therefore attracts PRECISELY the kind of crime which you have described.  Furthermore, whilst a legitimate business, it preys on two types of clientèle. Those desperate for cash in order to live and, those desperate for cash in order to do drugs.

In my opinion, a pawnbroker is a parasite - someone or something which exists in order bleed dry the very last heartbeat of an already desperate person. It has no place in society be it in Worcester Park High Street, Oxford Street, Kensington High Street or any other street.

I would rather have a boarded up shop.

Regards,

anon-man

Anon said...

LETS ALL HAVE A VOTE !

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DT said...

Half a pound of tuppenny rice, Half a pound of treacle. That’s the way the money goes, Pop! goes the weasel. Up and down the City road, In and out the Eagle, That’s the way the money goes, Pop! goes the weasel.
 

 That rhyme indicates how long pawn brockers have been part of our society, from the time of the Norman invasion and deals with both examples you give.  If you remove pawn brockers as a means of unsecured loans, it only leaves theft would you prefer that people on below subsistence wages mug people for money instead? or turn to Loan Sharks? At least Pawn Brockers are regulated and their interest rates are controlled.

Happy sack said...

Let's all do the conga!

Seriously though how sad, has any of you actually been in to talk to the staff? They are pretty nice as it happens, even raised money for charity.

Don't judge a book............

MrJoshua said...

Last Friday I was in the high street and came across three hoodies in one of the newsagents buying alcohol early in the afternoon - thought it was sad they were drinking so early in the day and thought they'd be off home to their couches and x-boxes. No, instead they spent a good hour or so drinking outside the pawnbrokers! Have to agree its not a great addition to the high street.

Anon -- said...

@ Happy sack

Don't judge a book........... ???

errr... if memory serves me right; that's just what Neville Chamberlain said about Hitler - hmmm;  some time around 1938/9 me thinks..

oh well - one can always read the book FIRST - and then judge the cover later - or have I missed something.......

The pawn shop needs to go and, if the staff are such nice people then; they can always get another job across the road - for example; in Waitrose....

Guest said...

Once again the residents of Worcester Park try to out-NIMBY one another.
Yet no one comments on the new tanning shop? I find that far more dangerous personally. 

Happysack said...

Anon - I might be a bit a dim, but can you please explain why the 'pawnshop' needs to go? Is it just because you can afford to shop at Waitrose and don't like the idea? Let's hear the reason.....

Use the High Street said...

What is all the fuss about?  Better this than a boarded up shop or worse still the likes of the old Drury and Cole branch.  If people want the High Street to go more "upmarket" they should use the shops who still trade more and petition Sutton Council to press absent landlords as to the state of the empty shops including Drury and Cole.  Somebody obviously leaves stuff on the premises from time to time so they should not be too hard to locate.  Other Boroughs actually confiscate rundown "abandoned" premises after a period of time has elapsed.  It must be disheartening for the premises either side.  If the owner does not want to rent this property out at least he/she could give it a good clean.

Mrs Pony said...

Dont blame the Pawnbrokers for the state of our country and for the desperation that people are finding themselves in. Blame the banks!!!!!!!!! If it wasnt for them, people wouldnt be in debt, would be able to afford to live comfortably and wouldn't need to borrow money from Pawnbrokers.
H & T are offering a service to people in Worcester Park that is getting them out of trouble.

carla ferguson said...

my gold has gone missing from tooting branch at hnt shop not one chain mind you nearly 3 ounces has gone. they do not know what happen and are not prepared to pay any compensation. so I will be taking them to court. they are not a respectable company they are no better than a common thief

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