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Peckham indie Fenton Walsh closes

Premium Peckham indie Fenton Walsh closed yesterday after eight years of trading, with the business blaming the economic environment and wet summers for its demise.

The store, which was opened in 2005 by Maria Fenton and Claire Walsh, was known for stocking up-and-coming labels alongside more established brands.

A note posted on the door of the Bellenden Road in East Dulwich store read: “After eight years on Bellenden Road we are with a heavy heart having to close due to: Four years of an unstable economic climate, three years of badly planned and managed road works, two years of cold wet summers and one unsympathetic government who don’t support the lifeblood of the high street, small independent shops.”

The note continued: “Remember, continue to support the local shops who pay their taxes. Don’t support the big companies who manage to avoid them.”

The Fenton Walsh website has been taken down and no one from the indie could be reached for comment.

Readers' comments (3)

  • that's sad news. i echo their sentiments and wish them well in the future

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  • How about sticking in there and paying your suppliers instead of just closing the door and throwing the keys away.We have supported Fenton Walsh for the last 3 years you owe us money and then we read this in Drapers..............Shameful behavior.

    And you rant about still supporting local shops.

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  • It's not nice when Indies 'knock' suppliers, often buying goods they have little to no intention of paying for. They give good, honest Indies a bad name.

    Brands have got to be extra cautious when supporting Indies and Multiples alike. Don't let them get too in the deep end, as it gets very tedious when you keep asking for money that you know you're not going to get...

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