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 AKA some / certain posters

    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. 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. 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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  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  20. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    When did that happen?? I'm sure it was still there yesterday.
  21. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    That photo was taken on the 15th April.
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  22. ChrisSouth

    ChrisSouth Well-Known Member

    It's been gone for a couple of months, in fact since early March.
  23. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

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  24. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Doubt it. They had a planning application in last year which was refused.
    The Brixton Society raised the signage question:
    4.1 Letters were sent to neighbouring properties to publicise the proposal.
    4.2 Vassall and Coldharbour Forum, Brixton Society, Herne Hill Society, and Loughborough Junction Action Group were all notified of the proposal.
    4.3 One representation was received from the Brixton Society, who requested that the shopfront features be preserved. These include the 'David Greig' fascia which they request should be covered non-destructively at the very least (as was done in the past), and the ornamental figures on either side of the sign.

    Maybe it's a case of "Up yours Delors!"?

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  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    There's so little of LJ's heritage left and this was a thing of real beauty. Even if some hipster coffee shop had take over the shop it would have still looked wonderful to have retained that sign seeing as it reflects a retailer that once had a huge impact around the area.
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  26. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Trying to think what else we have left that's a pleasure for the eyes to see. Not much, and it's going to get even uglier soon.
    Can't imagine who'd have done this and why.
  27. goldengraham

    goldengraham Well-Known Member

    Maybe someone bought the sign for use elsewhere
  28. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    Yep, maybe it'll turn up as a quirky object d'art on someone's newly brick-clad wall.
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  29. Jack Cole

    Jack Cole New Member

    This is Peter Greig. The great grandson of David Greig. He'd be very interested to know what happened to the sign.

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  30. the Lordship lane one was le Chardon and had now closed , will soon be reopening as a branch of Clapham eaterie: Tart.

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