I’m a manager of a luxary hairsalon in Mayfair. I try to open a small beautifull hair salon with a nice French touch and French beauty products from Provence. I have been trying to contact to Greenwich Hospital Estate but every time they tell me that they dont want more beauty or hairsalon in Greenwich. But I think the quality of hair salon here are not very impresive ( bad service, unfriendly staff ). Can you tell me if you know someone I can contact for try to pass these useless people from the Greenwich Hospital Estate. I saw that the Dirty Paws shop had been refurnished It will be a perfect tiny hair salon for me. If you can maybe tell me where to go or ask for try to rent this shop.
The Phantom replies:
I have never had more comments on any thread than that on hairdressers – it certainly seems that people have strong opinions – in both ways – about Greenwich salons. And yes, there are dozens of ‘em to choose from, especially in Trafalgar /Woolwich Road, though admittedly fewer in the actual town centre.
I agree it must be frustrating to see empty shops in the centre of town, but I can, for once, sort of see GHE’s point of view. If they’re trying to get people to visit the centre for casual shoppers, then filling it with services may have the effect of making it a destination only for people who are already booked, rather than the browsers that make the market vibrant. Every street needs variety – that’s why the Royal Hill Lovelies do so well – there’s something of everything which makes people want to go there.
Whatever you think of the quality of what is here already GHE will be taking businesses on numbers, not quality. I can’t see that anyone would be prepared to kick out an established business because someone else says they can do a better job and ‘changing use’ opens up a whole minefield of issues.
I don’t think you’re going to have much luck with the centre of town – GHE aren’t really ‘passable’ – as a bunch of us found out recently when we tried to stop them bulldozing that cute little florists in Durnford St for a trash compactor. The only body you could talk to is Greenwich Council and I know for a fact that they are not keen on monoculture in the town centre either – witness the recent closure of several cafes because there were already a bunch of eatieries there already (and believe me if you think the hairdressers aren’t much cop in the centre, don’t even think about trying some of the cafes. One or two are fantastic but a whole bunch are dire. Quality does not come into it at all…)
Of course not absolutely everything in the town centre belongs to Greenwich Hospital Estates. You might want to check out other places as they come available – some are controlled by other landlords, though you will probably have to conform with the council’s regulations on what can go where (if you were trying for a bookies you’d probably have better luck – I only found out the other day that they come under ‘financial services’ which is how they find it so easy to open up in old banks etc…)
You could cast your net a little further, of course. I can’t think of an empty shop in West Greenwich that would be suitable (don’t even think about that ‘spare’ one in the row at the foot of Royal Hill – there’s a reason why there’s no one in it…) but maybe someone else knows of one. But every other shop in Trafalgar Road seems to be a hair salon, of varying salubriousness. No one seems to care what goes there. I keep meaning to take a headcount of them, just for my own personal interest. Perhaps you could hook up with the excellent little French deli, L’Artisan, near the Arches and start a Quartier Français…