Movement on Lidls and Co-op

There have been some recent changes to the situation with two of the largest sites on Eltham High Street.

It appears that the Co-op building which has been empty for over a year now have been temporarily leased until January 2009 to Pound Land Ltd and the store should open today (Thursday). It is understood that the temporary nature of the lease indicates that there is an intention to lease the building to a different retailer in the future, but there are no further details available at present.

At Lidls, it appears that the delays may finally be ending as the dispute with neighbouring building owners over access to the site has been resolved. The final legal documentation still needs to be sorted out, but Lidls apparently hope to be back on site in the next few weeks.

In addition, residents may be interested to know that 253 Eltham High St (formerly Cray Pharmaceuticals) is under offer by a firm of estate agents, 220 High Street (formerly Showells) has been granted planning permission to switch to a restaurant from a retail outlet and 199 Eltham High Street (formerly Learn Direct) is due to reopen shortly as Cash and Cheque Express. Residents will also be aware that the application to redevelop the Grove Market Place by Eltham Renaissance was refused at Planning Board on 26 June.