Monday 25 November 2013 11.49am
I asked in Charlies what the impact had been of the Sainsbury's opening and they said that their takings had been down 80% on the first day and similarly down since. They said they'd anticipated a dip at first but that if things didn't improve once the new office tenants were in, that it would be very hard to stay open.
In that small stretch of road, the council has overseen the shutting down of four independent businesses - Imbibe
, dry cleaner, blackfriars cafe, newsagent - the opening of two big commercial franchises, and is now responsible for making vulnerable two further small businesses, Charlie's and Cafe Pronto
The council claims in the draft Blackfriars SPD that it wants -
to have its own distinct identity as a lively boulevard'
'encourage flexible space for a range of different businesses, helping both small and larger businesses benefit'
What a load of PR cobblers. What the council has done, and is doing is, getting rid of the heritage buildings (distinct identity) and replacing them with massive budget hotels (novotel) or generic boxy crap flats (that can be found anywhere from Birmingham to Woolwich) and replacing small businesses with the usual suspects, Sainsbury and Pret.