A car parts parts shop which opened almost 50 years ago is closing down due to a loss of trade and increasing rent.
F Smith in Joel Street, Northwood Hills, will close its doors for the last time on Tuesday.
It opened in the early sixties, making it one of the oldest shops in the high street, and Geoffrey Shepherd has run the business for almost 40 years.
He said: "The business has gone down and the rents are too high.
"The cars are too good now so people can't do their own repairs on them because they don't know how.
"We still sell a lot of the retail stuff like spray paint and polish, and we sell oil but that is expensive."
Mr Shepherd, 65, got a job at the shop after returning from the merchant navy 40 years ago.
He said: "I was born in Cricklewood which was pretty rough at the time, and I came out here after the navy and thought this was the country.
"About two or three years after I got the job the owner, Fred Smith, sold the business to me.
"He had about four shops and this one wasn't doing any good so we came to a deal.
"I was young then and I thought I could make it better, which I did.
"At one time it used to make some money but not anymore. I used to have
a few people working for me but as it has gone downhill I couldn't afford to employ people.
"The lease is running out and the rent goes up and that will be far too much for me."
Mr Shepherd spends most of his day sitting outside the front of the shop and has seen a lot of changes over the years.
He said: "When I first got a job here I loved it but that has changed and people have changed. The younger generation don't seem to be getting any better.
"The area has changed terribly. It's full of restaurants and all the ordinary shops have gone. We used to have a cobblers here and a butcher, and there was a cinema. It's not a normal shopping area anymore.
"We used to have two banks here and they closed down and that made a lot of difference. There was no reason for people to come down here and I think Nationwide closing will cut a few people down.
"S H Harrold opticians across the road has been here longer than me but I don't think any other shop has. I used to have a second hand clothes shop next door to me, and a record shop, but you don't get anything like that now.
"I will miss being here. You can't be here for that length of time without feeling a bit sad about it. The customers are all a bit sorry but it's because there are not many of these shops left.
"I will miss seeing people. It's like a village shop. I always sit outside and people come up to talk to me. It's a community thing and I have made lots of friends down here as well.
"I don't think I will ever retire. I am sure I will find things to do.
"I might move away but I haven't decided yet."