Indie fights landlord for survival

A St Albans indie has launched a petition to prevent its shop being closed down by landlords.
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Little Wonders has been given 30-days to relocate as landlords have apparently found another, bigger, business that can pay the annual £53,000 lease.

Partner Elena Ripoll commented: "If we lose our business, we lose our home.

"We are not people who are doing this for the money. We believe in the business and we would like to take it further.

"We are a small independent shop which makes its money towards the end of the year and there is no doubt that it has been the high rates and rents which have affected independent businesses across the country."

Ripoll said she has been trying to negotiate a new lease and has tried to persuade the landlords to give them until January to relocate – which would give them more of a chance to secure the funding.

"We have negotiated a three month break in our rent. But if the landlords force us to leave in 30 days we will be looking for work.

"If we can't find the investment to keep Little Wonders going within three months we would lose our home. We have no savings. We have put every penny into keeping our business afloat.

"Do the people of St Albans really want to see us replaced by a bigger branded retailer?"

An online petition has been launched and Ripoll says they may even welcome investment in the store.

Contact Elena on 07958036996, 01727 863 800 or email elena_ripoll@hotmail.com.

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