‘It’s heartbreaking’: Mugford Shoes closes Richmond Row store after 40-year run

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The building will also be sold, she added.

“It’s heartbreaking. It’s sad. I am dealing with break-ins and a door broken for a third time in two weeks.”

News of the closing comes as several other downtown businesses have expressed concern recently over vandalism.

Rebel Remedy, a café on Dundas Street, has had its windows smashed six times in the last 14 months. Che Restobar, a restaurant also on Dundas, had its outdoor patio smashed recently by a man wielding a golf club. Nooners, a cafe on Clarence Street, has had its windows smashed three times since March, and London Bicycle Café has had three break-ins since July with bicycles stolen. Other retailers such as David E. White and Andrew Douglas Clothiers have suffered break-ins and vandalism.

Vandals have broken windows at Rebel Remedy several times. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)

In August longtime core-area retailer Susan J Fashions closed its doors, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the final straw.

“We just roll up our sleeves and refuse to be roadkill,” said White of how to cope with the challenges of running a business downtown.

“It is not good to see any business close. It saddens me. We need to get people back on the street. No one is happy right now.”

White believes London police have stepped up foot patrols recently, an action called for by Downtown London, the merchants’ group. He also stressed vandalism happens in other areas of the city, and is not solely a downtown problem.

“Her concerns are legitimate,” he said of Mugford-Pooley. “Now the vandals own the street, but we will get them back.”