What Shop For Twickenham?

A slow day for localness

A slow day for localness?

With yet another estate agent arriving in our midst one or two folks on Twitter expressed what can best be described as despair at the prospect. Rather than moan on about having more places trying to sell houses than there are houses to sell, we posed the question as to what type of shop twickerati followers on Twitter would like to see in Twickenham. From a starting point of assuming that such a shop would not be one that sold either houses or the complete (second hand) works of Ben Elton, we can now reveal the responses. It has to be said that some of them are more serious than others and some more viable than others. Why not have your say and add yours in the comments section. It couldn’t hurt… or could it?

Here’s what they said on Twitter:

@ArthursTwick I’d like to see an indie chandlers. Failing that Robert Dyas would do.

@katieheffe Appreciate prob not sustainable but somewhere for basic kitchenware and ‘normal’ children’s clothes

‏@SHResidents To complement Rubens, Laverstoke & Sandys: a good deli of the standard of Camisa in Berwick St or Valvona & Crolla in Edinburgh
@nickandjess agreed – a good deli would be brilliant
@YHewett I’m with that. I also want a launderette.

@ProperPieLady pie shop;-)

@MumblyK I still miss Woolies. And I’d like to swap Burger King for a Nando’s.

@ali_aliandsimon An independent book shop & toy shop

@Mumto1plus2 A reasonably priced children’s clothes shop.

@rufusmcdufus Some sort of hardware shop. Not just DIY but useful bits and pieces

@taztaylor Missing a record / cd store since the one on York St closed down… must be 10 years ago.
‏@ninjagray @taztaylor And a Green Shield Stamp shop for old man Taylor #pipeandslippers

@JamesHepworth7 An exotic pet shop!

@kershaw As long as it’s artisan I don’t mind

‏@flashnorthey Not bothered by what they sell but wld be great to be independent. Bored with chains. Just look at @RubensBakehouse #twickshop

@DapperDanHart Honestly? Combined comics and board gaming store.

@thorntog Whole foods

@DrJagz Fortnum’s would be nice. Currently hard to find a good gentleman’s relish.

@samelswood82 An independent of some sort, not a chain

@Theonlygolux A cheesemongers #twickshop

@joy… #twickshop would be nice to have a shop selling fantastic cheese – nearest independent is Richmond Hill. Teddington’s cheesery closed. #yum

‏@clairethorne It has to be a haberdasher. preferably one that’s open evening and weekends #twickshop

‏@justinebower A star wars shop or maybe a timber yard. oh no, wait.

@LandJFlowers How about a new, local, florists??

@tippytaptap A children’s soft play centre selling overpriced coffee would make a killing.

So there you have it. Twickenham has spoken! Now it’s just down to the shopkeepers to deliver.

26 Comments

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26 responses to “What Shop For Twickenham?

  1. Sara

    Would be great to have a vegetarian restaurant with a buffet lunch and offering a takeaway.

  2. Any shop that stays open past 6pm is most likely to get my weekday custom. (in St Margarets, that is pretty much limited to Oddbins, Tesco & Broadway Stores, all of which get mobbed by evening commuters piling off the trains).

    Everyone was sad to see the Crown Rd cheese shop close down. It’s hard to know whether one would survive better on Twick High Street, but it would be nice if so.

    I agree with quite a few of the ideas above, such as a decent kids’ clothes shop, hardware, etc – (and my other half would love a comic shop). Also a good arts & crafts shop, something like Rembrandt, that used to be in East Twick.

    Given the eye-watering prices of everyday foods in Wholefoods, I’m not sure I could see one of those surviving long in Twick.

  3. Francis

    A green grocers that is opened passed 5 pm.

  4. Purple Haze

    New business, Ke Sushi, opening at 36 London Road, Twickenham.

  5. louis

    cheese please – how about the entire Crown Road from St Mags?!!

  6. Con

    a community market

  7. A department store. A jewellers. A good ladies and gents clothes shop.

  8. Jon-Paul

    I was thinking of setting up an antique shop in Twickenham, but have been warned by other traders that people in the area are not the type to spend money on quality antiques & restoration work

  9. And the people of twickenham to frequent and part with their money of course

  10. David

    Why did @joy think that The Teddington Cheese has closed? It hasn’t.

  11. Purple Haze

    For many years a lot of folk have thought that a branch of Robert Dyas would do very well in Twickenham. Theo, or anyone else from RD out there should take a proper look at the opportunity.

  12. Independent hardware & outdoor clothing shop perhaps?

  13. Henriette

    I like the sound of the indoor market.

    I would also like a good household store (e.g. Robert Dyas or preferably an independent), japanese restaurant and an extension to Waterstones (or independent bookstore).

    Plenty of wishes!

  14. Alan Winter

    If we can find an affordable location for the Twickenham Community Market idea that I floated last year, many of the above wishes can become reality. The market was planned to have its focus on arts, crafts and collectables. The plan shows it would be a non profit making social enterprise with stalls available to local residents, orgs and charities on an annual, monthly, weekly or daily basis. When up and running a market like this would pull significant footfall into Twickenham which would benefit existing shops and businesses . So if anyone knows of a spare 8-10,000 sg feet building with parking in the town, please contact me. Thanks all – Alan

    • my main gripe is waitrose is losing a clue… they have stopped doing many of my favourite products, and keep pushing their loyaltycard.. ONE penny back for £50 worth of shopping???

      oh you can get a free coffee (worth £2.50!!) no thanks I am too busy to laze about drinking low quality fancy stuff, I have better at home! 😦 😦

  15. dcmawson@gmail.com

    Pet shop but not one that sells live animals. Very difficult to find decent cat litter in a Twickenham.

  16. Looking through the list several independent shops comes to mind:
    Deli – plenty deli/cafe around already
    Toys – shop in Church St just opened.
    Games – shop open in Church st. just opened
    Cheese shop – Would be nice not having to go to Teddington to go indy
    Kitchen Shop – brilliant – no need to go to Teddington for their brilliant one

    If going indy WE(Twickenham) need to change our habits and leave convenience and laziness behind. Forget doing all shopping in one shop. Take 45 min extra and walk your way around Twickenham for your weekly shopping. We’ve got most of them – let us use them and improve them!

  17. Ron

    a knocking…

  18. Angela

    As long as it’s not ‘artisan’ I don’t mind.