It’s still currently one of Europes largest building sites, but now that the first residents have moved in, the first shop has opened for all those every day needs and late night chocolate cravings.
The tills at the first shop at the £9 billion regeneration — a neighbourhood grocery store — began ringing on the 7th July. Pretty much bang on 34 years after the station generated its last watt of electricity.Until then, the only option for the first 200 or so residents was a 15 min walk to a petrol station for any basic needs.
The new owner of the 6,500 sq ft shop,Raj Bathia called his shop the Battersea General Store. Mr Bathia is 39 and local businessman who has lived in the area all his life.He said he wanted to supply all of the everyday essentials but also the best of delicacies from around the world. The shop has a deli counter, and stock includes about 5,000 lines from a 40p packet of salt and vinegar crisps to an £800 bottle of St Emilion Chateau Ausone, so he’s got all bases covered for the new residents.
Mr Bathia said pricing would be in line with high street chains because “otherwise people will just come in to buy some speciality stuff every now and again and it won’t be a success”. Rob Tincknell, chief executive of the Battersea Power Station Development Company, said he had first met Mr Bathia when they were chatting in his previous store almost a decade ago.
He added: “For years this site has lain dormant and empty. To see the first store open its doors to the public is a proud and special moment.”
Leader of Wandsworth Council, Councillor Rav Govindia said: “After decades of frustration and false starts, it’s a great pleasure to see the first local trader now open for business on the power station site.”
The store will be soon be joined by other retailers including Mother, an Italian pizza restaurant from Copenhagen’s meatpacking district, seafood restaurant Wright Brothers, Dodd’s Gin, Ben’s Canteen which specialises in burgers and wine, and specialist in seasonal and simple cooking, Duckroad.
We wish you all the best with your new venture Mr Bathia.