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Family-run greengrocers Artichoke pulls out of plans to replace Belsize Park launderette

Artichoke say they support small businesses

14 January, 2020 — By Samantha Booth

A FAMILY-run greengrocers says it has pulled out of plans to open in a launderette in Belsize Park. 

Artichoke, which has a shop in Heath Street, Hampstead, had submitted an application to the Town Hall to covert it into a shop, however a spokesman said they called their agents to pull out this morning (Tuesday).

A petition had been launched calling for the England’s Lane Laundrette to stay open as well as concerns expressed by residents at a nearby homeless hostel saying they rely on it to do their laundry. Some users said they only learned about the possible switch due to a CNJ report earlier this month.

A spokesman for Artichoke told the New Journal: “We pulled out as we felt that we were fighting a fight we knew nothing about. We thought the shop was closing down. We are not a big Starbucks trying to push a little business out. We support small businesses, we are a small business.”

Reports had suggested it may become a juice bar, but the spokesman clarified it would have been a greengrocers selling fruit and veg. A juice bar forms a small part of their business in Hampstead Village. 

They are considering looking for another property on England’s Lane, the spokesman said, adding: “If the launderette stays that’s even better.” 

The launderette is currently listed on the Willmott’s website for a lease of £60,000 per annum.

Read more in this Thursday’s New Journal.


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