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The Rise and Fall of the David Greig grocery chain

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jun 4, 2014.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus


    Starting in Atlantic Road in 1870 and once a rival to Sainsburys, David Greig was a Lambeth based chain that had around 220 stores at their peak in the 1960s.

    Above is a lovely old sign in Loughborough Junction that has just been revealed.


    You can still see their name written in mosaic at the entrance to the Lounge , but its been quite hard to find that many photos of their Brixton businesses.

    I've posted up a piece here - if you have anything to add, please post it here!
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  2. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    Makes present day Tesco and Sainsbury's look restrained!
  3. Rushy

    Rushy igam ogam

    I've kept meaning to look that up since the old Futon sign came down.
  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It shines out class compared to all the cheap plastic shops signs around it.
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  5. thatguyhex

    thatguyhex exiled to Walthamstow

    The same design of sign is visible in this 1950 photograph, three doors to the left. It may still be there behind Dollar Chicken's sign and those of the intervening two shops. (Photo credit: Urban75, obviously enough.)


    Also, I'm really digging the corbels.

  6. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    What is now Le Chardon on Lordship Lane was a Greig's and still has the tiled floor.
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  7. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    The former branch in "The Dip" in Streatham has an unaltered interior and was spot listed a few years ago. (Unfortunately about six months too late to save the original counter as well)

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  8. Will K

    Will K New Member

    Is the sign on Coldharbour Lane still there? I am interested in saving/preserving it.
  9. brixtonblade

    brixtonblade Well-Known Member

    Yes - still there.
  10. Will K

    Will K New Member

    Thank you!
  11. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    We went there recently and the restaurant has left a lot of the fittings intact. In fact I'd say they have built the restaurant's look around the old Grieg's.


    It's a lovely restaurant as well.
  12. Onket

    Onket Je suis [CONTENT REMOVED]

    What is the site used for now?
  13. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    177 Streatham High Road was 'Across Continent' restaurant serving west african/Carib dishes but but I think it closed down about six months ago. However, looked like there could be signs of a new tenant moving in last time I passed through on bus.

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  14. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Meat Raffle

    there is probabaly another possible topic charting kennedy Sausages- Peckham based but now dead

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  15. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

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  16. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Meat Raffle

    there was a load of them at one point - the factory was on the high street

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  17. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The sign is still there in Loughborough Junction. :thumbs:
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