'It's a dagger in our backs' - convenience store closes after Tesco moves in

Times Series: 'It's a dagger in our backs' - convenience store shut after Tesco moves in next door 'It's a dagger in our backs' - convenience store shut after Tesco moves in next door

Two brothers have been forced to sell the convenience store they have poured their “hearts and souls” into for more than three decades after a new supermarket opened next door.

Londis, in Glengall Road, Edgware, has reported a 25 per cent drop in takings since Tesco opened next door just five weeks ago, and its owners fear the decline will only get worse.

The devastated owners, brothers Dhiro and Nitin Shah, are now preparing to hang up the ‘closing down’ sign – 34 years after they welcomed their first customer on April 14, 1980.

Dhiro Shah, 60, said: “When we first opened, business was superb. We have had some good years and many, many memories here.

“We have been here to serve the community, but this now feels like a dagger in our backs. We feel cheated. Everything we worked so hard for has just gone down the drain.

“For so long, we poured our hearts and soul into our work and now that’s been for nothing. We’ve had to let go of staff because we can’t afford to keep them now.”

The brothers also claim Kosher Kingdom, which opened next door one year ago, caused their trade to fall by a further 50 per cent.

Although the brothers have been considering closing for some time, they say Tesco “finished the business off”.

Mr Shah added: “There should be laws against this – once you’ve got a shop of some kind in a street, nobody else should be allowed to move in and sell those products.”

However Sion Cohen, a manger at Kosher Kingdom, said he felt Tesco had helped boost its sales.

He said: “We don’t feel threatened by Tesco at all. In fact, we’ve now got more customers than ever before and trade is great.

“It’s not our fault that Londis is closing because we sell different things. It’s obviously very sad this has happened.”

A statement from Tesco said: "We are proud to be part of the high street in Edgware and we believe we are encouraging more customers to shop locally rather than going further afield, helping other local businesses to grow."

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8:04am Fri 6 Jun 14

barnet123 says...

It's called competition lads, get over it ... I'm all for supporting local businesses but if i can get my beans which are actually within their use by date for half the price from Tesco, I'm all for it.

In addition I have a fantastic idea, flatten Londis and make it a Tesco overspill car park ... problem solved!
It's called competition lads, get over it ... I'm all for supporting local businesses but if i can get my beans which are actually within their use by date for half the price from Tesco, I'm all for it. In addition I have a fantastic idea, flatten Londis and make it a Tesco overspill car park ... problem solved! barnet123
  • Score: 16

9:05am Fri 6 Jun 14

Barnethousewife says...

I really wish the reporter would have done her research. Firstly the brothers have been trying to sell their shop for awhile and even offered it to the new kosher shop but were asking for a lot of money.
Secondly the reason why no one shops in there is because the food on numerous occasions was passed its sell by date.
If the 2 brothers hadn't been so greedy wanting so much money and shady on selling passed the sell by date food they may have survived.
No other business on the street (the kosher shop greengrocer etc has suffered) they need to look at what they were doing wrong as opposed to blaming it on tescos
I really wish the reporter would have done her research. Firstly the brothers have been trying to sell their shop for awhile and even offered it to the new kosher shop but were asking for a lot of money. Secondly the reason why no one shops in there is because the food on numerous occasions was passed its sell by date. If the 2 brothers hadn't been so greedy wanting so much money and shady on selling passed the sell by date food they may have survived. No other business on the street (the kosher shop greengrocer etc has suffered) they need to look at what they were doing wrong as opposed to blaming it on tescos Barnethousewife
  • Score: 25

10:06am Fri 6 Jun 14

bhattyclease says...

Some kind of law that stops other shops selling similar stuff to what you sell once you've set up?

If that was the case, the Bhattyclease would be stuck with pterodactyl burgers from Ye Olde Homo Habilis. Have a word! Ooooooooh baby!
Some kind of law that stops other shops selling similar stuff to what you sell once you've set up? If that was the case, the Bhattyclease would be stuck with pterodactyl burgers from Ye Olde Homo Habilis. Have a word! Ooooooooh baby! bhattyclease
  • Score: 2

12:48am Sat 7 Jun 14

harvey_uk says...

34 years is a good run.
34 years is a good run. harvey_uk
  • Score: 3

10:17pm Mon 9 Jun 14

consumerdirect says...

These people are disgusting. Ripped customers off on a number of occasions. Happened to myself once and only realised once got I back. They deserve everything they get.
These people are disgusting. Ripped customers off on a number of occasions. Happened to myself once and only realised once got I back. They deserve everything they get. consumerdirect
  • Score: 2

10:36pm Mon 9 Jun 14

You don't fool me says...

I am sorry to say that I agree with the majority of unsympathetic comments on this story. You have had a good run lads at ripping off the Locals, now it's time to move on!
I only ever used this shop if it was absolutely necessary due to over pricing, and iffy dated food which I returned for a full refund! There is a new kid on the block called professional quality, you can not compete. Bye bye.
I am sorry to say that I agree with the majority of unsympathetic comments on this story. You have had a good run lads at ripping off the Locals, now it's time to move on! I only ever used this shop if it was absolutely necessary due to over pricing, and iffy dated food which I returned for a full refund! There is a new kid on the block called professional quality, you can not compete. Bye bye. You don't fool me
  • Score: 2

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