Another shop has bitten the dust – this time the Station Express in Thornton Heath station. It closed last month blaming rent hikes.

The kiosk in the booking hall at the station is already being advertised by TPT Amey, the managing agents for Southern Rail, on a six year lease,  for offers in excess of £15,000.

Residents were campaigning to get trendy award winning coffee shop Batch and Co interested in the kiosk but TMP Amey have said the premises won’t be considered for catering use only as a retail unit after the agents rented out the former Studio Cafe, 38 Brigstock Road, which is being refurbished  for use as a coffeee shop.

It  is optimistically set to open before Christmas and will have an upstairs and sell specialist coffees, teas along with fresh sandwiches and deli like food.