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The Corner Shop in Wealdstone closes its doors for the final time

After 50 years of trading, owners Martin and Michelle Dee are pulling up the shutters for good and retiring from the local shop situated on Masons Avenue, Wealdstone.

“It’s been 50 years and there are other things we want to do in life. We’ve worked hard,” said Michelle.

I can’t say that I’m not writing this with a heavy heart. I’ve always loved ‘Martins’ as we’d call it. Local, friendly, and super convenient, the shop always reminded me of a New York-style deli or bodega (less the cat).

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Martin outside the shop.

Where else would you buy a bacon and egg roll, a hot coffee, a newspaper, and a box of safety pins on your morning commute, all at a reasonable price I might add! I once remember running into the shop desperately hoping to find a card to take to a holy communion. “Not a problem,” Martin said as he rotated the stack of cards on the display.

The cornershop is somewhat of a cornerstone to the people it serves. Situated outside there are a few benches and tables, where you often see people outside having a chat. Local bin men, fellow gymmers and gymnasts from the nearby venues, and just everyday people, coming together stopping to have a chat outside their local corner shop.

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Coffee and a bap from the shop – these will be missed.

The Dee’s took over the shop in 1974 and as well as raising their own two children, Heidi and Treena, they’ve seen the community raise theirs. “We’ve had a thoroughly wonderful time, and it’s been down to the people,” said Michelle.

“I will miss them. I’ve been coming here for 25-30 or so years, and they are always so helpful,” – Sue, Herga Road, and local resident who was one of many teary-eyed customers I witnessed in the shop.

As he weighed my bag of Sarsparilla boiled sweets, Martin added, “50 years has flown by.”

I always noted the bespoke Irish products in the store, something you don’t see much of in the area anymore. It’s not just a shop, but a place that represents culture and community, and we will be sad to see them leave.

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The shop has always stocked items that are harder to find.

The family said, “We would like to thank all our customers past and present over the last 50 years who have supported The Corner Shop. It has served us as a family and the neighbourhood well. We appreciate the loyalty we have had and wish everyone well but it’s now time for Martin and Michelle to have some time off and a holiday.

“Best wishes from Martin, Michelle, Heidi, and Treena.”

There will be new owners but we don’t know what their final plans are for the premises.

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