Blustons in north London closed yesterday after more than 80 years of trading, as its third-generation owner retired.
The family run independent, which is located in a double fronted grade II-listed building in Kentish Town, was founded by Jane and Samuel Bluston in 1932. It has traded through a world war and almost 20 prime ministers.
However, owner Michael Albert, 67, who joined his grandparent’s firm 50 years ago, recently launched a closing down Sale with a view to pulling down the shutters for the final time this week. The 2,500 sq ft space is up for let.
Albert told Drapers he’d like to see it continue selling clothes. “It might suit someone selling retro pieces; it’s in the right location for it. Whoever takes it on will be limited in what they can do to it because it’s listed.”
He said he and his wife Marilyn have a “bucket list” of things they want to do in retirement.
Commenting on the current state of the retail industry, Albert said independents struggle to compete with the bigger multiples operating in the high street and online. He said most indies on Kentish Town Road have gone.
A recent report by the Local Data Company and British Independent Retailers Association revealed the number of clothing and footwear independents fell in 2014, with womenwear shops hardest hit.