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.