Interestingly enough we had a deli but it closed. Why was that? Well for me it was great but pricey for my pocket for everyday needs. Bearing in mind there's a Waitrose down the road my business often went there.
The demographic around here has changed dramatically over the last 10 years and so has the buying habits. Chains like Phase Eight aren't dim, they must have done the maths and figured that there are enough buyers to justify expansion (not me clearly
) Now I'm not a discerning buyer of womens' clothing but I struggle to see the difference between many of the shops on Northcote Road, though I feel I'm about to be shot down in flames!
I understand the rent for Hamptons/Capital Carpets is £120K PA. That's a lot of money but easily covered by 2 sales of any house around here in a year. So in a way we've created our own situation. A good deli would be fab but given the rents could they price their products at a price we'd buy them?
Talking of price £5.45 for a black coffee and a latte at Gails. Now that's steep no? That's their price point to make money here, which kind of supports my point of view. God knows how Tony's do it but long may they continue.