Charlton’s music shop has fallen silent after 26 years of selling and repairing instruments. Falling sales and competition from online retailers is understood to have led to the closure of Mike Edwardes Woodwind on Charlton Church Lane.
The business is now believed to be operating out of a shop in Forest Hill, although we’ve not had a response to an email asking what’s happening.
Competition from online retailers has hit music shops particularly hard, although the loss of another retailer from the Charlton Church Lane parade is a reminder that it’s not just Charlton Village that needs nurturing.
Meanwhile, the dry cleaner in The Village has reinvented itself as a gentlemen’s outfitter, London 1969. We understand cleaning trade was down and the owner fancied a change of scene. It certainly raises the bar for new businesses in the neighbourhood – we hope it’s a success.
But it’s soon to be farewell to Bowes, the shoe shop and key-cutter that’s been part of the village for decades, which is closing by the end of the year.