Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Empty Shops

A few people have asked if there are really "close to 20" empty shops in Worcester Park High Street which is what I said to Theresa Villiers MP when she came to visit. By way of explanation, here are photos of 19 commercial properties on or just off the High Street (Central Road plus a bit of Cheam Common Road) from the station up to (and including) where the Vin Bin used to be.


Admittedly there are various reasons for why these premises are currently not open for business but the fact is none of these are currently trading. For anyone interested in how things have changed over the last few years, a Sutton "Vacant Property Report" back in September 2010 stated that (at that time) there were 10 vacant properties in Worcester Park. Thanks to blog reader Richard for his help with this.

This is a bleak collection of photos. However we have great many good businesses trading in Worcester Park. It's important to remember that and that we need to support them if we want them to still be there next time we need them.

I believe the old 'Station Florist' is soon to open as a plumbing a heating supplies shop so that's one less. The Worcester Park Traders Association is working on some ideas to promote the benefits of Worcester Park High Street too, especially to local shoppers who might sometimes go further afield to shop. Hopefully I will have more on that soon. In the meanwhile - use your local shops or lose them. And hopefully when new businesses do open, they will compliment the high street (like I believe one recent new addition has) and bring in more business for all the local traders.


16 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Guest said...

I noticed a planning notice on the lamp post outside the old furniture store (briefly All Jenat). Change of use to 'assembly'. Hmmm, wonder what that could mean?

Guest said...

Have the cab company and the accountants ceased trading then? - photos 16 & 17

Guest said...

A plumbers merchant?? It's nice to see the outlet renovated but surely that's a missed opportunity? The florist was perfect for that location. How many of us bought flowers for our loved ones on the way home from work?

Barry said...

As one of those who questioned the "next to twenty" quote..... I've now been smacked squarely around the face with the proof... re: the above photos.
Hopefully by this time next year it will be down to "next to one".... I'm begginning to think Drury & Cole has become a pemanent fixture!!

Barry said...

P.S. 'scuse my spelling.... It's early on a Sunday morning!!....lol

Chloe said...

The cab office is under refurbishment and the grey photo next to it is an office so that's two off the list.

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

I think with the advent of the internet and the out of town shopping centres councils are gonig to have to re invent the traditional high street ..I think in future these places will be a lot smaller and have a lot if places where people and sit and chat like coffee shops restaurants etc. and I dependant shops... I am not sure we will ever fully get high streets as they were designed in the 50's ...

guest D said...

I completely agree with that. Also with the rise in home deliveries by supermarkets you may well see the larger out of town ones disappering to be replaced by 'Black Shops' and more smaller local ones catering to the commuter located in the town centres.

I was reading an article last week about the economics of 'Black Shops' (Supermarkets not open to the public) and with the economies they get on staffing, wastage and fitting their Just In Time ordering systems they are more profitable than the traditional supermarket. It seems they are just waiting to see if the Click and Deliver model or the Click and Collect model is the best way forward.

It is shame that Worcester Park with a major road cutting through it, is not best suited to the cafe culture, which works best in pedestrian only areas like Islington High Street (better known as Camden Passage) or Battersea High Street.

It is also good to see a politician being honest and saying they don't have a magic wand.

guest D said...

The relevant planning application is A2013/68487

It belongs to Soft Play who want to open a facility for Children and parents.

Michael Schooling said...

Not that many.That's why it closed down.

Jennifer said...

Hi
Does anyone have the number for the agent letting the Debra charity shop? I can't make it out on the picture and the property doesn't come up on any commercial searches on rightmove and other sites.

Thank you

Guest said...

Hi Jennifer, The company name is called Brendon's.
Their number is 0208 - 998 - 7748

Jennifer said...

Thank you :)

Eleanor said...

It's a shame the pop-up culture hasn't reached WP. Just what this place could do with: inject some vibrancy, install some half-decent eateries, get some money flowing in and maybe people might think twice about fleeing.

John Clare said...

An addition to the list (as of today 13th March) Prospects have posted a big paper sign
"Moving to Chessington Business as Usual""

Lilwyatt said...

Does anyone know who is the letting agent for the shops by the station ?

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