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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.

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