One established deli shuts down,but it’s symptomatic of the ruthless (greedy) London Landlord culture…they need to be reigned in!

Iconic North London deli closes after 73 years due to pandemic leaving fans devastated

Harry Morgan has been a longstanding institution in St. John’s Wood

  • BY ELLA BENNETT
  • 13:57, 29 APR 2021
Harry Morgan deli has reportedly been forced to close over disputes regarding rent and monies owed since the start of the pandemic(Image: Jeremy Brier )

A north London deli, famous for its salt beef sandwiches and chicken soup, has closed after more than 70 years of trading in St. John’s Wood.

It has been reported that the longstanding institution has been forced to close over disputes regarding rent and monies owed since the start of the pandemic.

“It’s not the first, it won’t be the last. Unless the government and landlords act fast, the death of our high streets is coming .. to us all.”

Another fan of the deli tweeted: “Harry Morgan’s deli, established in 1948 and currently owned by Alex Chesterman (founder of Zoopla, Cazoo and LoveFilm) in St Johns Wood, is shutting down due to a rent dispute.

“This is truly end days. Best chicken soup in North London.”

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“Every time my parents visited me in London we’d head there for food, we all loved it. Such a shame,” said another disappointed customer.

While another said: “Man it’s going to be a bloodbath for independents over the next couple of months… lots of landlords refusing to negotiate.”

According to the manager of the deli, Antonio Franco, who has run the restaurant for the last decade, it is the unwillingness of the landlord to negotiate rent settlements over the pandemic that will force the business to close.

He told the JC that landlord, Trophaeum Asset Management, which owns 60 per cent of properties on St John’s Wood High Street, had refused to agree any compromise over their rent.

“We’re close to tears — we loved working here,” he said.

“We’ve been doing takeaway for much of the last year, but it’s just not enough to pay the whole rent and run the business.”

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Matt Farrell of Trophaeum Asset Management confirmed that there had been negotiations between the parties, reports the JC: “We offered assistance by way of a rent freeze, but couldn’t find a way forward between us. They chose to close the business. It has been a difficult time for landlords as well — everyone is suffering.”

It has been reported that a spokesperson for entrepreneur Alex Chesterman, who owns the company, said: “I can confirm that Harry Morgan will be closing in its current location this week and may reopen in a new location in due course.”

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