Crofton Park closures

Jones & Virdi, the Crofton Park-based estate agent, has cleared out its Brockley Road premises, reports BC regular Molewife.


She also reports that a "closed down" sign has appeared at the window of a Crofton Park hairdresser on the corner of Holdenby Road and Brockley Road in Crofton Park, but neither she nor we can remember its name - if you can fill in this vital detail, we'll update this article, thanks.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hopefully it will be replaced by a more useful shop (i.e. not a chicken shop or funeral parlour). Is it me, or are more things in Brockely shutting rather than opening? I really hope I'm wrong.

Matt-Z said...

I doubt it was Jones & Virdi who cleared out the premises. They did a runner a couple of years ago when the property crash was at its worst, leaving various landlords and tenants in the lurch, retaining deposits, spare keys etc. I imagine the owner has started to clear the building with a view to sprucing it up for rental again. My money's on a bookies or chicken shop.

patrick1971 said...

That hairdresser actually replaced an estate agent which also shut at the height (depth?) of the property crash.

Matt-Z said...

It was King Sturge, who'd previously taken over an independent (or small chain, can't remember). They were pirates too. I looked at six places on their books one Saturday. All were falling down, not remotely as described in the paperwork and all were vastly overpriced. It's no wonder they closed down.

Beecroftian said...

Interesting Matt-Z that you mention they did a runner - I hadn't realised that and it now makes more sense that late one evening I saw a man loading up a car with computers and other bits.

Brockley Nick said...

They took over James Johnston didn't they?

One local estate agent who handled the house we bought accidentally accepted our "offer" on behalf of the seller. Only the price they accepted was £2k less than we'd actually offered, saving us a couple of grand though their excellent negotiation skills.

I shan't reveal which one.

Anonymous said...

Cant charge what they want since the housing benefits ceiling.

The Cat Man said...

I remember saying a while ago that the crofton park area will see abit of a down turn, with economic activity centred around Brockley train station! Perhaps my predictions are true!

Barbara said...

Don't know the name of that hairdresser but it always seemed the most mysterious place - you couldn't see in, because of all-over blinds, and it was often closed. And you never ever saw anyone going in or out. It started to get a bit Willy Wonka in my mind.

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon - was that in response to my post?

Anonymous said...

No Nick,a lot of these dodgy Estate Agent used to take advantage of Housing Benefit when there was a higher limit.

Brockley Nick said...

Oh, I see, ta.

House said...

It looked a bit tired old Jones & Virdi.
Pleased to see though that this does not reflect on the price of houses, as the Red House has now sold for £1,475,000.

Molewife said...

Not only has the hairdresser closed but it is sporting an 'Under Offer' sign. I hope it's not another hairdresser, chicken shop or bookies as we already have plenty, I will wait with interest!

Brockley Nick said...

It can't be either a chicken shop or a bookies, different planning use class - unless they've applied for a change, which I doubt.

Anonymous said...

Can I add to that list delis or cafes selling muffins for £3.

Mr Facts said...

Facts: The shop unit under the new flat development next to Budgens is currently being fitted out in an estate agent looking manner and the former hairdressers at the end of Hazeldon Road has an under offer sign on it.

Brockley Nick said...

And still no-one can tell us what the ex-hairdresser was called!

RosieH said...

Stood at the bus stop last night and noticed Jones & Virdi had gone. We used them when we moved back to the area in 2006. Weeks after our tenancy started I opened a letter from the mortgage company's solicitor stating that the flat was to be repossessed. Jones and Virdi knew this when we moved in and took our security money. Never good to see a business fail, but not surprised to hear we weren't the only ones who lost out.

A nice cafe /bookshop could fill that place nicely, I'd have thought.

Mr Facts said...

Celee

http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/directory/1177/113704.php

Molewife said...

Thank you Mr Facts, it was driving me nuts

Brockley Nick said...

Truly, you are MR FACTS

Mb said...

Mr Facts should wear a special hat

Anonymous said...

Nobody has posited the arrival of a Waitrose...

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

From the Estataes Gazette
Waitrose to open 39 shops in 2011
Annabel Dixon 05/01/2011 11:21

Supermarket chain Waitrose has announced that it will open 39 new shops this year in the UK.

Waitrose has 12 full-size supermarkets in the pipeline in 2011, including five new branches in the Channel Islands and new shops in Stratford in east London, Raynes Park in south west London, Wimbledon, SW19, Exeter in Devon, Marlow in Buckinghamshire and Newton Mearns in Glasgow.

The remainder of the new branches will be convenience shops in locations including Old Brompton, SW5, and Palmers Green, N13.

Waitrose's sales grow by 8.9% and 5.4% on a like-for-like basis over 23 days until 23 December.

Waitrose's strong December performance continued beyond Christmas, with total sales up by 9.7% and 5.9% on a like-for-like basis based on the five days Waitrose traded between Christmas and 31 December.

Mark Price, managing director at Waitrose, said: "Our strong Christmas trading figures give us confidence for the year ahead, when we will be continuing to invest in the future growth of our business."

No mention of Brockley.......

Brockley Nick said...

There's a shock!

TheOracle said...

Both the hairdressers and the estate agents can be seen in the Google Street View search. Strangely, headed 'south' the estate agent's is seen, head 'north' and it suddenly becomes the hairdressing salon. Proving if anything that there is a north-south division. Or should that be revision?

Brockley Nick said...

Ha, well spotted Oracle!

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Someones just told me that when Waitrose are considering a location, one of the criteria is whether or not the neighbourhood has a preponderance of homes with lined curtains.

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