Work to fit out a new Lidl in Charlton is progressing with the company hoping to open in February 2020.
The store is located on Millennium Retail Park alongside Bugsby’s Way and occupies the former River Island and H&M sites.
A few days ago I covered how the neighbouring unit containing Burton’s Top Shop and others is closing.
Lidl previously had a shop in Charlton located in a somewhat decrepit building detached from other stores if memory serves. This site is along a parade of retail sheds.
It joins Aldi who opened last year and will place further pressure on Asda and Sainsbury’s. Asda in particular will be affected given they target the same low-price market. Asda’s store is now over 30 years old and it shows.
Sainsbury’s moved to a new store in recent years after closing their Peninsula supermarket, which was demolished and became Ikea.
This week I looked at how recent developments in the area had brought millions to Greenwich council yet barely any has been spent locally. They include:
- Brocklebank Retail Park comprising Aldi, Primark etc. That brought £300,000 in Section 106 payment from the developer to Greenwich Council. Amount spent on Bugsby’s Way = £0
- Ikea: £1.7 million in S106 for transport. Bugsby’s Way saw just new crossings but little else. A new bus lane was however installed nearer the store.
- Sainsbury’s – £1.4 million in S106 including £512,000 for transport: £0 spent on Bugsby’s Way
- ParcelForce on Bugsby’s Way: £234,000 in S106. Amount for public realm = £0
- Greenwich Shopping Park extension with Frankie and Benny’s etc (2015/16) – £650,000 in S106 payments. Amount for public realm on Bugsby’s Way = £0
- Former Matalan (now Wickes) – £360,000: £0 for Bugsby’s Way
Aside from poor walking links between retail park sites, the walk and crossing from Charlton station to shops is not great:
So much for encouraging public transport use, walking, healthy living and the climate emergency – adopted after some resistance by Greenwich council earlier this year. If it isn’t backed up by action, what’s the point?