As said many times I don't particular like Nero but it's a brand that would have attracted other brands like a M&S equal to business.
I am Italian and there is not better coffea than Italy, apolgy for been arrogant here.
I do support the locals like on the Hoof and Blue Mountain but the area needs more competition. We have a lovely Trattoria Raffaele but why no see other chains to attract people in the area. The High street is always chaotic with limited choices of shop unless is an estate agent, nail shop, chicken shop and so on like that.
I wanted to invest my money in Sydenhma to open a coffea shop but the prices are rates are crazy so I am better off going central London.
I run an estate agent myself and I recognise the improvements occurred but very little compare to other areas very close to us.CP hasn't got as great properties as SE26 but yet the high street is unbelievable and apleasure to be in.
Properties prices have gone up everywhere, specially in those up and coming area. I was in Hackney for a while and believe me you would never imagine to pay £500,000 for 1 bed flat !
I lived in Forest Hill from 2006-09 and even there are better shop than SE26 despite having a broken high street.
Nearly 10 years lived here to have seen changing like pavements on the high street, a few trees, the opening of Billings, bless him, the Hoof, Sainsbury, a new development coming up, a vape shop, and audi. What else?
rod taylor wrote:I'm not missing the point Parker, I just disagree with you.parker wrote: As usual, you're missing the point Rod, Caffè Nero would not open in Sydenham as it looks like a shit hole. Whether you like Nero or Nando's the point is that Sydenham is declared scruffy and down market and the area should be grateful for any investment from brands like these. Independent businesses aren't enough on their own, that's why there are still boarded up shops. Don't you see that there is a real problem when potential multinationals are saying this about where you live? If you ask me, it's an embarrassment.
Bring in a series of multinationals and the high street would look and feel just like every other high street. That's something you want but I don't. I'd prefer empty shops.
If Nero think SE26 is downmarket that's a good thing - I think Nero is naff and fake.