Lease row may force Pennington shop to close

John Morgan built Chestnut Store from nothing

John Morgan built Chestnut Store from nothing

First published in News

A SHOPKEEPER says he is being forced to close his store because his lease is not being renewed.

John Morgan opened Chestnut Store, on Chestnut Drive South in Pennington, six years ago and has grown the business into a community shop that he believes is valued by a loyal customer base.

He claims he was made a verbal promise by his landlord that the lease would be renewed, but three weeks ago he received a letter asking him to vacate the premises by September 28.

"I've grown this business from nothing," he said.

"We have become more of a community presence than a normal shop.

"If an elderly customer can't get home I will drive them home and will drop groceries off for people who can't get out of the house.

"All my customers are shocked by the news and don't think it is fair that this can be done."

The store has three members of staff - two full-time and one part-time - who will have to be made redundant if the business closes.

Mr Morgan says he has been told his only option is to take the matter to court - a process that could take years and cost thousands of pounds.

"I don't think my landlord Mr Gola understands how popular myself and staff are with our customers and I stand to lose about £58,000, which is a hard pill to swallow," he added.

"There is no option for us to move as there are only three other stores here and they are occupied."

The Journal contacted Mr Morgan's landlord Umesh Gola but he declined to comment.

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10:27pm Sun 13 Apr 14

GARY PRICE1986 says...

Mr Morgan and his staff, have worked hard to build this shop up into a much loved community store. It will be sad if he is forced to close this gem of a shop. Who else would drive customers home and deliver their goods, I bet Mr Gola wont!!!. Hopefully this situation can be resolved so the community wont lose yet another local store!
Mr Morgan and his staff, have worked hard to build this shop up into a much loved community store. It will be sad if he is forced to close this gem of a shop. Who else would drive customers home and deliver their goods, I bet Mr Gola wont!!!. Hopefully this situation can be resolved so the community wont lose yet another local store! GARY PRICE1986
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9:12pm Sun 20 Apr 14

cathgildart says...

People of Pennington we need to let Mr Gola know that we value the work John does in the community. Everyone who works here is caring and helpful. I for one won't be shopping in the minimart that's planned to replace it. I'll Gola elsewhere!!!!!!!
People of Pennington we need to let Mr Gola know that we value the work John does in the community. Everyone who works here is caring and helpful. I for one won't be shopping in the minimart that's planned to replace it. I'll Gola elsewhere!!!!!!! cathgildart
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