Aldi taking on former Toys 'R Us store in Sydenham [Opening on 3rd October 2019]

I live just behind the retail park. I’m glad about an Aldi personally. Normally I shop at Lidl but have to grab bits from Sainsbury’s because Lidl’s around here aren’t very big - it costs me a lot! An Aldi superstore will save me, & I’m sure others, a bit of cash.

Also never really have a problem with the traffic around there. Usually only sit there for one run of the traffic lights which really isn’t that bad. Especially compared to the Catford bridge travesty down the road.


They’ve gutted the place and it looks huge.

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Are you speaking as a resident?

Yep, just behind the retail park.


Spot on. Catford Bridge is horrendous most of the time yet Bell Green retail park is usually a breeze to get in and out of. Sainsburys is such a horrendously poorly run ‘hypermarket’ and always has been for the 16 years I’ve had to use it. The addition of Aldi is very very welcome for us.

And I too am a resident from two streets away who can just see the top of the back of these units from my bedroom (they are orange lit at night and look a bit like a sunset at a glance!)

I welcome the new Aldi. My mother resides in the properties above the Sports Direct so she is as close to this complex as one can get. I am unsure if people are aware but this is an age restricted block so it is inhabited by the elderly that cannot afford the prices at Sainsburys yet cannot travel further due to health constraints.

I look forward to my mothers pension ceasing to dwindle in a shop that is too expensive for the immediate community considering a large proportion of the block opposite mothers, Orchard Court, appears to be inhabited by those that are on benefits.

With regards to the traffic, I visit mother every other day after work and I stay till night. I am travelling in rush hour and I have never had any delay in reaching mothers due to excessive traffic. There is traffic, but it is moving traffic. The traffic is appropriate for rush hour and then it ebbs away when expected. Admittedly, when there has been road works it has caused delays but that is normal with road works is it not?

There will never be a resolution for all. This is will bring jobs and affordable retail but will impact the surrounding environment. What to do.


Some progress- you can no longer look straight through it and wiring is going in. I think their Summer 19 opening is looking optimistic though.


The Aldi recruitment website says November - that seems a bit more realistic!

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Whenever I get a cab using Uber, Kapten or Bolt, the GPS always sends them down the back streets off Perry Vale to avoid the lights at the bottom of the road. This despite the roadworks in Perry Hill.

It is not about delays, it is about air pollution and noise pollution- the areas around the roads there are already at twice the legal limit for air pollution ( maps can be found on Lewisham website) and we don’t want even more with both Aldi and the self- storage. Lewisham council is all for preaching green solutions with one hand by appointing a cycling/walking tsar and total hypocrisy with policies that will allow the go ahead to even more pollution.
It seems a bit strange that none of these Aldi supporters seem able to see the link between traffic and pollution and even stranger that so many join the forums around here only to post about Aldi. One such poster said she would "love to shop at Aldi" (too much ambition i think!) yet that is the only post she ever made???

I cannot even dispute that Jay. The air quality in Lewisham is a joke and the powers that can tackle, address and change it don’t give a hoot. I don’t think the solution is to limit shops though, it is to limit the exhaust fumes so cleaner cars and buildings are needed.
As for noise, its London. If anyone can find a peaceful place away from traffic in London do tell me so I can move there :slight_smile:

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Your new Aldi Sydenham

Bell Green Retail Park, SE6 4PU

There are lots of amazing reasons to shop at Aldi.

First, you’ll find outstanding offers every day on fresh meat, fish, fruit and veg. Then there’s our outstanding Specially Selected range at unbelievably low prices.

And on Thursdays and Sundays, our famous Specialbuys come in, which can include anything and everything, from fabulous furniture to brilliant baby products and beyond.

Opening hours

  • Monday – Friday 8am – 10pm
  • Saturday 8am – 10pm
  • Sunday 11am – 5pm

Healthy savings. Free Super 6 bag!
On opening day, the first 30 people will receive a free shopper bag of fresh fruit and veg from our famous Super 6 offers. How super is that!

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Dies anyone know if it has a bakery on site?

I was in the First 30 :slight_smile:


Congrats :slight_smile:

What did you think of the new store? Is it the kind of place you could get all your groceries or will people be combining it with a visit to Sainsburys?

Well it depends on what someone want, I personally will keep pop up to Sainsbury because they haven t a bakery and off course I love the reduction on reduction they do on stuff that will be out of date daily. Aldi have a various range of stuff in the shop, it s good and cheap. I think yesterday Sainsbury is been hit strongly the car Park was nearly empty instead the Aldi car Park very busy. We will see if Sainsbury will introduce a new range of politics for attract more people, we have to remember all the complaints to Sainsbury supermarket and as well we need to keep on eye on what will happen with our Bell Green redevelopment in the next future, many things in the pan :smiley:

Weird there isn’t a bakery when it seems like such a large space. Sure will pop down as an alternative to Lidl for anything can’t get from the high street independents.