Monday 13 September 2010 2.31pm
Quote:It appears the Bermondsey area residents have more 'get up and go' and community spirit than the Borough crowd.
The main unit on the ground floor of Empire Sq is still empty after several years and the Mayfair Carpets gallery didn't last very long.
Don't see the link in that sweeping observation about the relative 'get up go' (whatever that may be) or 'community spirit' of an area's residents and the retail activity in an area. As Ivanhoe has pointed out, there are other reasons that determine the commercial viability and success of local shops. I live towards the BHS end of Long Lane
and get up and go to shop in Bermondsey Square
venture as far afield as the developing enclave of food outlets around Maltby & Druid Street
, rather than brave the heaving mob in Borough Market
, but would not do so if there were such places in Empire Square. It may be a missed opportunity, but it seems unlikely that the owner / developer of that rather sterile space would ever support an open - air market, for which there was a precedent at Bermondsey Square
. There's too much of a 'don't walk on the grass' feel about the open space and only one 'retail' space that opens on to it (the gym). It's also largely invisible from the street, so would need to work a lot harder to attract custom.