Sports Direct to open new Woolwich branch at Peacocks site

Sports Direct have applied to open a branch in Woolwich on the former site of Peacocks.

Hustlers snooker club is not impacted according to plans. This used to be a Rileys where I’d spend many hours playing snooker (badly) when I should have been at college.

Changes to the facade will include the “recessed entrance removed and infilled to achieve a full width window display” and the tired, stained concrete canopy will be cleaned.

Canopy in poor condition

Sport Direct is certainly a popular retailer and may bring more footfall to the north of Hare Street, which has long struggled though has seen signs of life in recent months with a new gym and restaurant.

New gym recently opened

Eventually, when Waterfront leisure centre moves to General Gordon Square and the existing building is demolished, plans see Hare Street extending all the way to the Thames as it once did.

Click here to view plans.



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    7 thoughts on “Sports Direct to open new Woolwich branch at Peacocks site

    • Whenever I’m in Woolwich or see pics the basic lack of design knowledge from relevant Greenwich Council departments is clear to see.

      Look at all the different coloured street furniture which is a visual mess. Some unpainted steel, some black, some grey, some blue. No consistency. It’s really basic design implementation.

      It may be a small thing, but on a wider scale detracts from the attractiveness and cohesion of the area. Small things can have a big impact. You don’t see this in better maintained shopping area across London.

      Add in many unloved buildings and the result is a town many people say is ugly when in reality it has a huge number of good buildings and characterful spaces

      • that is a very good point maybe with the financial input this may be considered& acted on

    • The snooker club has been closed since February. A sign on the door claims that it is because the roof needs to be fixed but I have my doubts.

    • Sports Direct will be a great addition to Hare Street and indeed Woolwich. All the buildings on Hare Street and Powis Street are in need of refurbishment and the exteriors cleaned.

      Newly painted matching street furniture will also improve the area along with brighter light bulbs put in to the existing street lighting on both Hare Street and Powis Street. As the idea is to also encourage more people to use Woolwich Town Centre in the evenings to visit pubs and restaurants.

      • Anyone know when the sports direct in Woolwich will be opening?

    • I see this as very good news. As a family, we have had so much stuff over the years from the Bugsby’s way branch. Anyone with kids who do any kind of sport/camping/hiking is gonna love this.

    • Anyone know when sports direct in Woolwich will be open?


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