Romanian and Italian sandwiches, yet another vape shop, and closure of Bianco 43 and Bombay Brunch

16 Jul 2017


A Romanian deli and sandwich shop called Terra House has opened at 206 High Street. They don’t have any sit-in space — it’s quite a small shop — but their sandwiches are made from their own bread baked on the premises.

Those who wish to eat their sandwiches on the premises might prefer to visit Buongiorno, an Italian cafe and bakery newly opened at 20e Selsdon Road. For more substantial meals, a Brazilian rodizio and buffet restaurant called Rodizio Grill has opened at 87–89 High Street.

A halal butchers called Khan Halal Meat has opened at 21–23 Church Street, meaning that Church Street now has three halal butchers in a stretch of around 50 metres (and there’s another one just around the corner on Surrey Street). We haven’t had a chance yet to pop in and see if it offers anything substantially different from its neighbours.

Speaking of clusters of businesses, yet another vape shop has opened: Vaporized, at 125 North End.

For those of you who like to do things to your hair, a hairdressers called By The Grace Salon has opened at 6 Station Road and a beauty salon called Smooth’d, specialising in hair removal, has opened at 12 Norfolk House, Wellesley Road.


Bianco43 at 40–42 South End has closed, as has Bombay Brunch at 284–288 High Street.

Other closures are Ponden Home Interiors at 16–20 Church Street, Rileys at 63 Frith Road, Limelight at Unit 3, Centrale, OSIM at Unit 25b, Centrale, Whistlestop at East Croydon Station, Novita (previously Inegol Home) at 79 High Street, Needlez at 171 London Road, Coral at 21a George Street, Ladbrokes at 79 South End, Swinton at 1 Norfolk House, Wellesley Road, and Courier Cars at 22 South End.

Coming soon

A new charity shop called Alice’s Attic is opening soon at 49–51 High Street.

Other news

Millets has moved from 50–54 High Street to 3–5 High Street (previously occupied by Blacks), Bright House has moved from 145–147 North End to 138–140 North End, and the George Street Gift Shop (which is actually more of a homewares shop) has moved from number 11 to number 15.

The Wellness Therapy Centre, previously located inside Nuffield Health at 44 Surrey Street, now has its own premises at Unit 2, 3 Overton’s Yard.

Chicken Cottage at 65 Church Street has been replaced by Chicken World. Counter-intuitively, the latter is smaller than the former, as the refurbishment involved splitting the unit into two. Akwaba Cheri’s Mini Market has expanded into the shop next door and now occupies 2–3 The Parade, Mead Place, with lots more space for African groceries.

The Goose on the Market at 1–4 Surrey Street has had a refurb and rename to the Market Tavern, while Eat Well On The Street at 54 Surrey Street has rebranded to Eat Well Fish & Chips, We’reHouse at 34 Surrey Street has rebranded to Thirty Four, and Bózza at 1 Ye Market, Selsdon Road has changed its name to Martin’s.

Playdays Nursery at 22–30 Keeley Road has become Keeley’s Nursery, Hair Star at 35 Church Street is now Precious Hairdressing Salon, Khan Mobile at 35 London Road is now M & H Croydon, and No+Vello at 214 High Street is now FlawlesSkin.