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Daunt Books pulls out of new shop in Swain’s Lane

Developer looks for independent business to fill last slot in new look street

12 June, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

The new development takes shape in Swain’s Lane

BOOKSELLERS Daunt have pulled out of a move into the Swain’s Lane parade, it was revealed today (Wednesday).

The bookshop, which has branches in Belsize Park and South End Green, was among the businesses which appeared ready to sign up for the redeveloped stretch at the foot of Highgate West Hill.

As revealed by the New Journal earlier this year, an independent butchers, fishmongers, a dry cleaners, a bagel bakery, a florist and a wine bar have booked units in the new parade after pleas to keep large scale chains out.

A 1930s block has been demolished and the new row is taking shape with the keys to the new units being handed over next month for fitting out.

Shops should be open by October, although the developers Noble House now have one vacant £32,000-a-year unit to fill.

Daunt Books, which also owns the Owl bookshop in Kentish Town, had been in the line-up but told the New Journal: “We were very excited about the shop on Swain’s Lane but sadly it didn’t work out.”

Dan Outram, from the Retail Forum, a community group set up to work with the developers to bring in shops that people living locally wanted, said: “Sadly, it seems that Daunt will not be going ahead with their unit. “We want to ask people what would they recommend for the remaining unit? We need one last push now. If anyone has any ideas for the shop, do let us know.”

The former 1930s parade

Noble House said they will have to bring a letting agent on board to secure someone – unless another business comes forward.

Managing director Frank Montanaro said: “Apart from this, we are all ready and good to go. We have a really good range of shops in place.”

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