Lucky Seven in Stoke Newington Church Street really is closing down – thanks to 50% rent hike
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An iconic Stoke Newington record shop faces closure for the second time in two years – because the rent has been hiked by more than 50 per cent.
Lucky Seven is a quirky music store in Church Street where you can lose yourself among stacks of vinyl and good vibes. It’s been open for eight years and proven a big hit among the muso community, with collectors – including famous musicians like Tjinder Singh, Thurston Moore, John Power, Bob Geldof and Carl Barât – flocking in to stock up on records.
The Gazette first ran a piece about the shop closing down in 2016. In the event, it was able to stay open as a temporary measure due to a site reprieve – but now it looks as though the music really is over.
Owner Jason Gore told the Gazette: “There is definitely still a place for record shops in east London. Vinyl is still a good commodity to sell but I just haven’t been able to make it work here. Church Street is notoriously expensive.
“It’s written into the lease that every five years they raise the rent. They wanted to raise it to £35,000 instead of the £23,000 I’m paying now, which is a massive hike, it’s the final straw.“
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To complicate matters further, Jason says he can’t shut until another buyer is found because the landlord says he’ll still be liable for the rent.
His colleague Mira Varg, 25, added: “This place is perfect for people who like digging.
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“I used to come here before I worked here and would spend like three hours in the basement finding crazy electronic records that I couldn’t find anywhere else, so I will really miss this place.
“You can really surprise yourself with records here and there are not many places in London that have this magic.”
Collector Harry Drakes, 54, said: “Seven is good place to pick up some gems, jazz, funk, soul, house.
“It’s bad that this place is closing down because we need shops like this. Vinyl is disappearing at an alarming rate and we need it.”
James Faucher, 37, added: “It’s a bit sad that the ship is closing down because there are not many record shops that are this cheap. All the newer ones are selling vinyl for 20 quid.”