Friday, 3 May 2013

Another Closed Shop

Your Local Al Jenat Supermarket is the latest Central Road business to close its doors. The supermarket which only opened in October last year, did its last day of business in Worcester Park on Tuesday (30th May). At least they managed to hold on longer than the few weeks their predecessor lasted (Worcester Supermarket) back in 2007. According to a chap helping to dismantle the shop front lighting, business has been poor there ever since they opened and the owners will now be concentrating on their other business which is apparently in Wembley.

11 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Notablogger said...

Unsurprising - the shop was ridiculously large and never stood a hope of selling enough to make it viable. Besides, Ryan Gate has clearly cornered the market in Worcester Park.

mrpjones said...

Shame; yet more empty premises. What worcester park really need's is another charity shop. Or a beauty shop.

Dave said...

"Est over 100 years".
I wonder where.

Lord Cynic said...

Both I and Lady Cynic knew this would be closing as soon as it opened - like the Vin Bin. You can tell 'em a mile off. I know of a few people who would like to open a shop in Worcester Park.............................until they found out the rental. If small local businesses are to be tempted then the rates need to plummet. Low rents, loads of shops. High rents, empty shops. Simples !

gg said...

I noticed this a few weeks ago, and whilst I was looking through the door someone from in the shop came and locked it - not very welcoming, and as was was dressed to go to a 50th birthday party, I dont think I looked as though I was about to raid the place.

Alex said...

Presumably the idea was to attract the new trade from miles around that (according to the planning application) was scheduled to drive into Worcester Park, seize up Central Road, fill the car park near Waitrose, and visit the Green Lane mosque, five times-a-day.

jacey26 said...

I have to wonder if some people do their research properly. I mean, a kitchen shop was there for years, closes down and another opens! There was a "convenience" store opposite which lasted a few weeks. Why bother when you have Sainsbury's Local, Waitrose and Ryan Gate as main food stores for fresh stuff? Trouble is, the top end is dying so is full of Estate Agents and hairdressers. I can't see what type of shop would open and thrive. We have our butcher, bakers, greengrocers, chemist etc. I'm surprised certain shops have survived so long such as men's clothes, camera shop and car parts. Well done to them though.
Any news on the Worcester Park pub? Guess the only thing that would survive would be a Wetherspoons.

DT said...

I'm afraid the Licensed Victuallers do do their homework, they know that 12 pubs a week close on average in the UK, so if the Worcester Park failed, then it's very likely that it won't reopen as a pub.


My bet is it will be demolished and flats or a hotel put up on the site.

Spud said...

I must admit, when it opened, I said to my other half that I would be very surprised if it lasted 6 months. There is absolutely no doubt that it had a specific customer target and unfortunately for them that target, demographically wise in Worcester Park, is indeed very small. So yes, I think if they had done some serious research before renting such a large space, they might indeed have had second thoughts. I never like to see businesses fail, but sometimes things are started up that, even to the non business minded, are so obvious to fail...it begs how those that start them can't see it to!

Spud said...

I've heard it's going to be turned into a hotel...

Alice said...

This shop has been opened here in Worcester Park in anticipation of having a mosque application approved and thousands of Muslims moving to this area afterwards. Thank goodness, the application was rejected!!!

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