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Traders of of InShops centre Wealdstone given extra six months to stay open
Traders who were given just four days' notice to shut up shop by their landlords have now been given an extra six months to stay open.
Shopkeepers at the InShops centre in Wealdstone feared for their livelihoods two weeks ago, when they were given a letter telling them they had only four days until the centre closed.
Since then traders have joined together to fight the proposed closure and have managed to keep the centre open for an extra six months.
Jenny Lawrence-Ricketts, who has run Jenny’s Cards for four years, said: “We’re all delighted we have the extra time. It gives us all a chance to plan ahead.
“There is still a bit of uncertainty because at the moment I don’t know what will happen after the six months are up."
Vish Alavani, manager of the Community Charity Shop, was one of the traders to seek legal help.
He said: “There is definitely a sense of relief among everyone here at the moment. The last two weeks have been very stressful for a lot of people here because their livelihoods were on the line.
“This whole thing could have been avoided if there had been better communication.”
Sardar Mohammad, owner of Elegant Carpets said: “We are happy we have the next six months, but over the last two weeks we have lost business because people think we are closed.
“We are still here and we are still open for business and we need to get people through the door again.”
Traders have now been given the deadline of January 25 at which point the centre will close and they must move out.
The Harrow Times reported how traders first heard the centre was going to be closed when they received a letter on Tuesday, July 16 informing them their last trading day would be July 20.
The letter also gave businesses the deadline of 4pm on Sunday, July 28 to vacate their units.
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