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Traders at InShops Wealdstone fear for future with centre closure plans
Traders at a shopping centre threatened with closure earlier this year are calling for support from the community to help them save their livelihoods.
Businesses at the InShops Centre in Wealdstone, High Street, have launched a petition against the closure of the centre which they fear will lead to many of them having to shut down.
In July this year shopkeepers were given just four days to close their businesses down, but two weeks later they managed to keep the centre open for an extra six months after taking legal action.
Jenny Lawrence-Ricketts, who has run Jenny’s Cards at the centre for four years, said: “We are fighting this because the local community want us to stay in the area and so do we.
“The fact is we want to remain local but there isn’t anywhere in Wealdstone for us to move to.
“All the traders are worried about our future because it is all so uncertain. Our livelihoods are all at stake at the moment. We have to do something to just show how strong local feelings are.”
Vish Alavani, manager of the Community Charity Shop, said: “No one here wants to leave. All the traders fear for their future and some people have already shut up shop.
“We want to stay in business and customers have already shown their support to us and we want to do what we can to try and stay.”
So far traders have collected more than 600 signatures and over the coming days they hope to create an online petition.
It is not clear what the plans for the centre are but there has been speculation flats or a new supermarket will be built on the site.
Traders have been given the deadline of January 25, at which point the centre will close and they must move out.
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