Re: Gipsy Road
Posted by: Dull Itch
11 December, 2007 18:58
The problem is that Gipsy Road's main customer base only really includes West Dulwich residents who live at the southern end of South Croxted Road, Alleyn Road and Alleyn Park. Gipsy Hill has a much more mixed population in terms of income. Due to a lack of decent pub's in West Dulwich residents come down to The Mansion and because people in West Dulwich probably eat out often they will want variety and so try the restaurants on Gipsy Road. However, I think it would be different for other types of businesses such as cafe's, deli's, bakeries etc as West Dulwich already has these. So there would be competition. I don't think the immediate area around Gipsy Road could necessarily sustain such businesses without the patronage of West Dulwich residents. Although I think that maybe this will change as people are priced out of Dulwich but still wish to be nearby. I personally would like to see a bakery, a cafe/deli (although now that Blue Mountain has opened I doubt that will happen) and a gift shop. Somehow I can't see it happening as there are two empty premises which have sat that way for ages.
There are some briliant businesses on the parade - The Mansion, Mangosteen, Still Luigi's and The IDC and some real horrors such as Dallas Chicken, Diva's and William Hill. It may not look particularly attractive but the parade is actually very useful. The essential general store has never failed to have the little bits n bobs I have needed and therefore saved me many a trip to B&Q. There is also a chemist, a hairdresser, a Surgery, a BUPA nursery, a vet, a tailor, an estate agents, shoe repairs, fish n chip shop, indian take-away, cost-cutter. Not many parade's offer such variety. It could just do with a good scrub, a few plants and the shop's to take a bit of pride in their appearance.