In my recent post looking at how a major new development in Lewisham was shaping up I mentioned that I didn’t know what business would occupy shop and commercial space.
Like a spud I was checking planning applications on Lewisham Council’s website when it was on the developer’s site all along.
Firstly, and this was known; Empire are to take on the cinema.
Their website also shows that Sainsbury’s look set to take on the biggest unit though discussions aren’t finalised. It’s listed as under offer and not finalised.
Sainburys will be aware that their Lewisham shopping centre site is earmarked for demolition, though even without that the number of new homes and footfall makes it an enticing spot.
Plus, their current store is pretty big and this looks more like a smaller Sainsbury’s Local.
There’s also an indoor rock climbing business named The Font.
All very much chain-based, which isn’t bad though not too inspiring, but Lewisham is crying out for decent nightlife. Is it too much to hope for a half decent place for a drink and maybe some live music and night life?
Suttons Radio was probably the best pub in Lewisham but shut around the time of the pandemic. Lewisham is not exactly full of great places to go of an evening.
Even if the new development doesn’t bring much nightlife directly, hopefully new residents can sustain something else in the area.
There are however seven units still available in Lewisham Gateway – so one to keep an eye on.