Traders say goodbye as InShops centre Wealdstone closes for good

This Is Local London: Jenny Lawrence-Ricketts and fellow traders said goodbye to the InShops Centre in Wealdstone Jenny Lawrence-Ricketts and fellow traders said goodbye to the InShops Centre in Wealdstone

Traders and their customers said an emotional goodbye as a shopping centre closed its doors for the last time.

More than 20 businesses at the InShops centre in High Street, Wealdstone, were forced to close yesterday their licence was terminated.

Shopkeepers slashed their prices in a bid to sell as much merchendise as possible before they were forced to vacate their units by 4pm.

Jenny Lawrence-Ricketts, who has run Jenny’s Cards for four years, said: “I just want to thank everyone who supported us.

“This is really sad for us because we fought so hard and I think we are the only InShops centre to get as far as we did.”

In July 2013, shopkeepers were given just four days to close their businesses down, but were able to keep the centre open for an extra six months after taking legal action.

This weekend marked the end of a long struggle to keep the centre open. Vish Alavani, who runs the Harrow Community Enterprise to help people in financial difficulty, said it was still a shock to be leaving.

He said: “For some people this is their livelihood and they are losing it.

“I have been here for more than a year and it’s a shock because the rent for this place is £4,000 for each unit and we thought it must be making a profit.

“Losing this place is going to affect the confidence of the traders and you need confidence to succeed.”

The traders thanked the MP for Harrow East, Bob Blackman, London Assembly Member Navin Shah and local councillor Phillip O’Dell for their efforts.

On January 23, InShops announced the company was going to liquidation and accountancy firm KPMG was appointed to oversee the process.

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3:58pm Mon 27 Jan 14

betty64 says...

This was a sad day for Wealdstone High Street as many of the traders gave good service to the people of Wealdstone
This was a sad day for Wealdstone High Street as many of the traders gave good service to the people of Wealdstone betty64

10:33pm Mon 27 Jan 14

rabbitz says...

Wealdstone is an eyesore its turned into a dirty area shopkeepers used to be proud of their shops but not anymore
Wealdstone is an eyesore its turned into a dirty area shopkeepers used to be proud of their shops but not anymore rabbitz

10:54am Tue 28 Jan 14

jackdaw says...

Rabbitz

This is an unfair comment to make about the InShop traders. I agree with Bettty64 they gave good service to their customers. They have been forced out of the InShop premises because their landlord was bankrupt and had to sell the peremises.

I hope they manage to relocate their businesses in the area.
Rabbitz This is an unfair comment to make about the InShop traders. I agree with Bettty64 they gave good service to their customers. They have been forced out of the InShop premises because their landlord was bankrupt and had to sell the peremises. I hope they manage to relocate their businesses in the area. jackdaw

10:06pm Tue 28 Jan 14

rabbitz says...

Really well have a look at the state its left in rubbish strewn all over the place all on view to everyone they could at least have left it clean and with heads held high bit no
Really well have a look at the state its left in rubbish strewn all over the place all on view to everyone they could at least have left it clean and with heads held high bit no rabbitz

10:12am Wed 29 Jan 14

pravinshah1 says...

I cannot understand the traders thanking the local Tory MP for Harrow East, Bob Blackman or London Assembly Member Navin Shah and Wealdstone councillor Phillip O’Dell as they have done nothing for Wealdstone. They only dot involved as it is local election year.

There is Love & hate relationships amongst the opportunist political groups and resident needs are ignored. Fly-tipping on the rise and are left streets dirty. Harrow business people and community are dismayed as there are high business rates and no promised free parking which is killing the small businesses.
I cannot understand the traders thanking the local Tory MP for Harrow East, Bob Blackman or London Assembly Member Navin Shah and Wealdstone councillor Phillip O’Dell as they have done nothing for Wealdstone. They only dot involved as it is local election year. There is Love & hate relationships amongst the opportunist political groups and resident needs are ignored. Fly-tipping on the rise and are left streets dirty. Harrow business people and community are dismayed as there are high business rates and no promised free parking which is killing the small businesses. pravinshah1

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