So for a change a quick look at Forest Hill, London SE23 and let's start with the positive – SmallPrint Books (37 David's Rd, Forest Hill, London). This children's bookshop opened recently and is reported to have taken £2500 on his first day.
Smallprint Books should be joined by leaf and groove, who are due to open on Dartmouth Road this month.
Superdrug was due to open some time towards the end of September in the old Mackays store on London Road in the centre of Forest Hill. It didn't happen and the premises were apparently occupied by squatters. Mackays got a High Court repossession order on 27th October 2017, so perhaps we will now see the store transformed into a Superdrug.
Notice put up presumably by the squatters. Mackays duly got a High Court order.
Waters – Fishmonger & Greengrocer
Another repossession and this time no surprise whatsoever. Forest Hill could certainly do with a good greengrocer and could probably support this and a fishmonger. Waters, the trading name of Waters Enterprise Ltd, however, was never a serious enterprise. It opened several months late and its opening hours especially over the weekend were designed to give the owners a rest after a early visit to the market. What is the use of a food shop opening at 10.30 on Saturday and 11 am on a Sunday if a good proportion of your customers may well be intending to cook lunch that day?