A FAMILY shop that has been open for more than three decades has closed its doors for the last time and locals are sad to see it go.
DIY Homeflair was run by Mahendra Shah and his family and when the lease was coming to an end after 31 years, the 65-year-old decided not to renew, as he wanted to semi-retire.
The shop in Marsh Road, Pinner, had its last trading day on Saturday, June 29, and the owners will hand over the keys on Monday.
Mr Shah’s two children, Nilpa Shah, 28, and Mirav Galaiya, 31, spent years helping out at the shop on summer holidays and weekends and they have both grown up with it being in their family.
Mirav, who works in IT, said: “When we first opened there were a lot more independent businesses, now most of those shops are leased by big chains, it’s very sad.
“The shop has meant a lot to my father over the years, it has been his livelihood, so it is very upsetting for him to close the shop.”
Kara Lines from Lines of Pinner in High Street, which has been run by the Lines family for more than 120 years, said: “The strength of a High Street lies in long-standing retailers whose expertise and service can be relied upon, so it is sad to see one of these businesses go.”
Chairman of The Pinner Association, Keith Schofield, said: “They have been an excellent store with super service. The Pinner Association are very disappointed to see them close.”
Mr Shah decided to close for a number of reasons – because the long lease had come to an end, he is expecting his first grandchild in October and also, at 65 years old, he would like to semi-retire. He will still help out at his brother’s DIY store in Ruislip.
Pinner ward councillor for the Conservatives Steve Wright said he was disappointed.
He added: “I am worried for the future of that space, I hope that the owner of the premises will make sure it stays retail.”