Gants Hill bagel shop said it will not move voluntarily

PUBLISHED: 13:30 27 March 2018

The lease is coming up for renewal, the landlord's agent said. Picture: John Linton

The lease is coming up for renewal, the landlord's agent said. Picture: John Linton

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The owner of a bagel business said he would not move voluntarily after a planning application was submitted to covert his rented premises into a private medical clinic.

Mr Amnon Shalom of Shalom Hot Bagel Bakery, said that he has no intention to vacate the shop in Woodford Avenue, Gants Hill and the only way the decision will be taken out of his hands if is “a high court decides it”.

“I have been here for 32 years and my lease has been renewed three times,” he said,

“We are not going to close, there is no intention on our behalf.”

“The landlord is preparing for the future he is legally within his rights to look at other uses.”

The landlord’s agent, Client Design Services Limited said a planning application was submitted to Redbridge Council as the lease on the building is coming up to be renewed.

“A medical centre would provide a facility for the area,” he said

“The way the NHS is going this clinic would be a drop in the ocean of what is needed and great for residents that use it.

“The bagel shop has another bakery that they could relocate to in the same parade and then they can open it as a coffee bar.”

The Recorder has been inundated with residents emailing in to say how much the bakery means to them.

Sam Dooley said: “Not only do Shaloms produce some of the best bagels in the area, but we will be losing one of the last significant remnants of the East End Jewish community.

“In today’s world, where communities are growing further apart, food is one of the best ways to improve and consolidate community ties.

“For Gants Hill - a locale populated by a multitude of Pakistani, Afro-Carribbean, Jewish, and Eastern European communities, cultures, and cuisines - it will represent a sad loss to the ‘flavour’ of an area.

Customer James Park said: “I , my family and many friends have been going to Shalom’s for many many years and we would all be extremely upset to see this place go.

“There are very little bagel places as it is but out of the ones in the area this is by far the most important.

“I would hate to have to resort to a different place to get a salmon and cream cheese bagel or a few loaves of challah bread. Whilst I appreciate that this clinic would be a good thing for the community there are many other establishments that I’m sure it could replace.”

Ryan Kayne said the shop is a gem in the community and added: “Shalom Hot Bagels has been an important part of my childhood and has always been there throughout my teen years into adulthood. I can’t imagine Gants Hill without it.

“I would do unthinkable things to save this place.”

Faiza Sheikh said: “I have been living in this area since birth (1994) and have been ‘living’ on the fresh bakery products ever since.

“From walking to nursery, school, college, university and now work I walk past this bakery every single day and can even smell it even from my house

“I am genuinely saddened to hear of the proposals being made.”

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