Doors set to close for the fi­nal time

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

RAN­DALL’S of Uxbridge is to close at the end of next month.

Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP Sir John Ran­dall an­nounced that the depart­ment store in Vine Street that has borne his fam­ily name since 1891 will hold a fi­nal sale in Jan­uary then shut for good. About 18 staff will be made re­dun­dant.

He said the decision had been one of the hard­est in his life, harder even than the decision to step down from Par­lia­ment at the next gen­eral elec­tion.

“It’s up there with be­reave­ment. I have two other share­hold­ers and both agree that it has be­come un­vi­able. It’s prob­a­bly a com­bi­na­tion of things, in­clud­ing a lack of foot­fall and on­line sales.”

Ran­dall’s will close for Christ­mas on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 19. “In Jan­uary we will be hav­ing a clos­ing down sale that will last un­til the end of the month,” said Sir John, whose great­grand­fa­ther, Philip, bought the premises in 1888 and re­named it three years later.

“We will close the doors fi­nally on Jan­uary 31. I hope the build­ing will re­main very much a part of Uxbridge, but as a depart­ment store it has just had its time, very re­gret­tably.”

n HARD DECISION: Sir John Ran­dall’s fam­ily store is clo­ing at the end of Jan­uary

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