As the planning rules for shops have recently changed we are seeing a big increase in the number of shops getting change of use to restaurants/delis/bakeries etc. The left hand side of White Stuff is going to be a vegan deli/cafe/restaurant, and the right hand shop currently has a planning application for 'Pizzicheria Grappelli' which looks like it's an Italian deli/pizza place. Arlo's has also been re-let as a restaurant. Nothing against any of these guys, but still more of the same.
As such I find myself conflicted, on one side of course we don't want empty shops, as much for the landlords as for the overall 'feel' of the street, but as a resident it saddens me to see so many hospitality businesses taking over Northcote Road. We are not in Soho, and if we simply become a street of Pizza, burger, or takeaway businesses then we really do lose the heart of Northcote Road as a mixed and balanced blend of all sorts of retail.
Not sure where I'm going with this, but food (pun entirely intended!) for thought?