Wardour News to close after 34 years
'People aren't buying print anymore because it's all on the internet'
27 April, 2018 — By Seb Skelton
The shop in Wardour Street
AN independent newsagent and magazine shop in the heart of Soho is closing down after 34 years.
Family-run Wardour News has been hit by a major rent and council tax rise.
Raj Patel, one of three brothers at the shop, said: “As a small shop it’s difficult to be independent, only the restaurants and chains can afford it. Every year they ask for more but this time it’s too much.”
He added: “People aren’t buying print anymore because it’s all on the internet. In that environment we simply can’t afford it, and it’s hard work – early mornings with the key in the door at six and then late evenings also. It’s an on-going job.”
The closure of Wardour News is the latest a wider trend of gentrification that has gripped the capital, with many other long- standing Soho businesses closing in recent years.
Wardour News will close on May 27.