Former greengrocers, Oldfield Lane North

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Ten years ago today I created the 227th post for Greenford 365. To mark the blog’s anniversary I will attempt to post a photo every day throughout 2022.

In 2012 this was Steve’s Fruiterers, a thriving business which became Birrings a few years later. The arrival of a Tesco Express a few doors away as well as branches of Lidl and Marks and Spencer at the nearby retail park enabled the one stop shop and made a specific trip to a greengrocer less likely. Its location close to the station brought footfall from commuters who bought slightly more expensive fruit such as blueberries as a treat, but the Covid-19 pandemic, followed by an increasing tendency to work from home and a reluctance to use public transport has removed those customers. The shop was only opening for a few hours a day. I suspect the final blow was the prospect of paying vastly increased bills for energy. I am told that it will be replaced by a branch of a well known chain selling baked goods and hot drinks which surprises me as it will be the fourth shop where these are available on one side of the street. The impact of a well known and trusted brand on the others may be a negative one.

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