Fashionable boutique in Roman Road closes following the opening of Westfield shopping centre at Stratford

14:02 08 May 2012

The Finnesse shop in Roman Road has closed after six years

The Finnesse shop in Roman Road has closed after six years

submitted

The opening of Westfield at nearby Stratford has proved the final nail in the coffin for one of the most chic shops at a famous East End market.

Owner of Finnesse Lifestyle Ulla Cronin, whose shop recently closed down, said trade had been a nightmare since the shopping complex opened.

But Ms Cronin, who still runs an online version of her clothes and interior goods outlet, also hit out at Tower Hamlets Council of pouring money down the drain hole by not following through with its promised investment in Roman Road.

Ms Cronin said: “I think that Westfield opening had very negative effect, my Christmas was so bad and business generally slow and the past few months were a nightmare. I had days that I had no takings at all but still overheads to pay. There were days were there were hardly any people on the streets.

“ There are quite few shops that has closed. I was told by the council there were funds to improve the Roman Road but I didn’t see any improvements.

“About three years ago there was company telling people how to improve shop and window display, and they had funding, but then they went and nothing happened. I think it was money poured down the drain hole.”

Leader of the Labour opposition at Tower Hamlets council, Joshua Peck, also hit out at Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman, on social network Twitter for, “stopping” the investment in Roman Road.

Cllr Peck tweeted: “I’m very sad to see Finesse closing after six yrs. “Another Roman Road business bites the dust. Still angry that Mayor Lutfur Rahman stopped support for Roman Road.”

A council spokesperson said a range of measures had been delivered over the past two years to help regenerate Roman Road.

She said: “These have included a shopfront improvement programme, providing small grants to eligible landlords and shopkeepers to assist them in improving shopfronts.

“Public realm improvements have included electricity points for market traders, deep cleaning and decluttering of the footways, better street lighting, and feature lighting to two gateway buildings, and pedestrian access improvements along the length of Roman Road from Grove Road to the market.

“The measures have contributed towards a significant reduction in the retail vacancy rate,” she said.

The Finnesse shop can still be found at www.finnesselifestyle.com

What do you think? Please send your comments to the Advertiser.

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 17:53
Eliott Diffley

A data stick full of child porn fell out of a pervert’s bottom in Islington Police Station.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:50
The most sureal moment at the Commonwealth Opening Ceremony was the sight of some giant dancing Tunnocks tea cakes (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Did you watch the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony last night? It made us misty-eyed for London 2012, when the whole world was watching our city, so we decided to compare Glasgow 2014 to Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony. Be prepared for a blast from the past!

Read more
Yesterday, 16:17
The Eid al-Fitr party in Trafalgar Square promises to be fun, fantastic, and free! (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Check out our five-minute guide to celebrating the end of Ramadan in London.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
How much about this great city do you really know? Take our true Londoner quiz and find out (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Do you know your apples from your pears? Take our Cockney quiz and see how much of a Londoner you really are.

Read more
Guess the manager quiz. Here's a hint, it's not these four.

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
A normal day at London Liverpool Street station

This quiz is for people who think they know the Tube and rail inside out.

Read more