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York Street’s in a right old state of flux. Carpet House is closing down and the Rugby Store is moving on. From all the newspaper plastered over the windows recently it looks as if Hair Design (10 York Street) is no more. Work going on inside suggests a new shop will be opening there soon selling phone accessories, gadgets, mobile top-ups, sunglasses and the like [Update: It’s called Khan Communication]. Din’s Grill – the intermittently open takeaway sans pareil – is getting a refurb and a new independently run takeaway will open in its place; something a little bit different we hear. And it does seem that we may finally see some movement in what was the old Shanghai Village restaurant with the long-awaited (by some, perhaps) arrival of the estate agents Foxtons at 20-24 York Street. A few steps along, the short-lived Bathrooms4All (now Bathrooms4None) store could be getting new occupiers soon…
Sticking with bathrooms, in our last update we trailed the arrival of a new bathroom or kitchen store at 33 Heath Road in the unit previously occupied by Chez Chevallier and, before that, the hat shop. Well folks, it’s not a case of kitchens or bathrooms, no siree, it’s a case of kitchens AND bathrooms. Put that in your proverbial pipe and smoke it. It’s called Twickenham Designs and looks like it’ll be ready to open its doors in the not too distant future. Nearby, the place that has probably had more changes of ownership than it’s served hot dinners, is changing yet again. Harsh? Nope. Think Wineland Taverna, Wineland Steakhouse, Kaswani, Nights of Tehran, Pablo’s and da Vinci (complete with ownership dispute so that may well count as two businesses). Well, it’s changing again. The next iteration of 39 Heath Road will be a Turkish Restaurant called Istanbul Ocakbasi. We’re not sure of the who’s, what’s and why’s behind it but it might be worth a visit. Good luck ‘n’ all that.
On the other side of Heath Road, the new mini-café B20 looks to be on the brink of opening. It’s all about coffees, sarnies, smoothies and spicies. Spicies? So what if we had to sacrifice proper words in the interests of rhyme. Deal with it. It’s a just couple of doors up from Rubens Bakehouse.
King Street has a new cafe. The Coffee Lab opened in late April in the little space that used to be Tutto Buono. Interesting shop sign and one that should appeal to coffee loving chemists.
There are signs of work going on in what used to be Angelo’s. Can we expect a new restaurant in there? Things just aren’t the same without a gaggle of lycra clad peddlers from Twickenham Cycling Club clogging up the pavement on Heath Road. Angelo’s, despite some changes of ownership from the days of the original Angelo, does carry some brand value locally so a decent pizzeria could do quite well. Perhaps. We’ve heard that under the new lessee it will re-start life as a cafe but then get a bit more restaurant focused. A rumour that McDonalds could be heading there was rapidly dismissed when we asked about it, but could the golden arches be set to reappear in Twickenham somewhere? There’s certainly space for one. We’ve got KFC, Burger King and Wimpy so another fast-food chain would surely be very welcome indeed. Wouldn’t it?
Now then, when Blockbuster went bust northern supermarket types Morrisons snapped up some of their locations. Is the Twickenham store on Heath Road one of those that will become a Morrisions Local, or “M-Local” as they call them in the chain’s Bradford HQ, and in the shops themselves for that matter? That’s pronounced “mi Local” by the way. Just think Parker from Thunderbirds addressing Lady Penelope and you’ll get it. Well, if Mozzer’s website is anything to go by we’re in for a treat… because they’re recruiting staff for their new Twickenham M-Local store. Do you need “more reasons to shop at Morrisons”. Be honest, the poor quality of that strapline ought to be a good reason not to visit but as they’ve finally dumped that in favour of a new one you’ll have to make your own decision. So, what could be good news for Morrisons’ shareholders could be bad news for the few independents nearby as well as providing some stiff competition for M&S, Iceland and Tesco Express.
We’re still waiting on progress in what was Dapper at 16 Church Street and the efforts to turn it into coffee shop, Wild About Coffee. It would certainly fill a gap in the market that coffee drinkers and cake eaters have been crying out for for so long.
It looks as if someone’s having yet another go at improving the never-opened Rugby Inn on London Road. It’s been repainted again, moving away from the colour that could best be described as “wet weekend in Croydon” towards a two-tone affair.
And bookending the town, and indeed bookending this item, a new estate agent McGeachie Medd is opening at 193 Richmond Road near The Crown – the refurbishment of which is now proceeding apace – and it won’t be too long before Sainsburys Local is up and running on The Green. Interestingly the plans for a Sainsburys in Teddington have run into quite a lot of opposition from the locals there so lordy knows what would happen if Morrisons tried to muscle in. Tedders types would probably politely tell them to go and focaccia.
That’s all for the moment.