One of Croydon's oldest family businesses, Turtle's, is to close its doors for the last time on Christmas Eve.
The future of the business has been uncertain for the past couple of years since compulsory purchase orders were issued on Park Street shops to allow Minerva's massive Park Place retail development to go ahead.
The lease on the store which is famous for selling its huge range of hardware and tools, is coming to an end.
And owner Jeremy Turtle told the Advertiser renewing it was not really an option.
Mr Turtle said: "I am 65 and have been involved in the business for 44 years.
"I want to retire and there is nobody else in the family who is interested in taking over, so there is no choice but to close.
"Business has not been very good recently and I think it has been affected by the uncertainty. There is little chance of selling it as a going concern."
The store employs around 30 people, many of them on a part-time basis.
Mr Turtle said: "We are all very upset but you can't go on forever. I am very disappointed for my customers."
Source Croydon Advertiser
The Park Place development is dead in the water, yet it is still destroying the heart of Croydon.