Jan 24 2013 By James Gates
Blockbuster on The Broadway, West Ealing
BLOCKBUSTER in West Ealing has been spared from a spate of closures announced by the rental chain’s new administrators last week.
The long-running store on Uxbridge Road, which sells and rents out DVDs and video games, is not on the list of 129 stores which will close after the company announced it was going into administration.
The store is one of the last remaining big name retailers in West Ealing. Woolworths and Marks and Spencers once had stores in the area but both were shut down.
In recent years, the area has had to deal with a number of stores closing, leaving empty fronts or replaced by pound shops.
David Highton, chair of residents group West Ealing Neighbours said: “I’m very pleased the West Ealing Blockbuster is not on the list to close. WEN doesn’t want to see shops shut and people lose their jobs.
“However, we are aware that times are very tough on the high street and West Ealing is not immune from the fundamental changes in shopping with the impact of new shopping malls and the growth of internet shopping.
“We are part of a group of local stakeholders working with the council on ways to revive and re-invent our high street. We need to talk to landlords about trying out different uses for empty shops from pop-up arts activities and temporary retail space for local businesses to community-led initiatives that attract shoppers and residents back to the high street.
“There are no easy solutions and we need landlords, retailers, the council and all involved to be imaginative and adventurous to have any chance of success.”