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Recently we’ve seen some of the best food spots in Soho close their doors because of increasing rents or plans for luxury hotels, with casualties including veggie favourite Beatroot and Soho pizza joint Malletti. And now they’re coming for our record stores, too. Berwick Street has been home to second-hand record store Music & Video Exchange (MVE) for the last 20 years, but the Soho shop has sadly had to close its doors because of developers’ plans to turn the site into a hotel.
A post on the MVE Facebook page says: ‘Due to the imminent construction work on Berwick Street and after 20 years at 95 we have had to shut today for the foreseeable future. We are looking for another shop in the area and hopefully we will be reopening very soon.’ The only good news is that for the time being, all the stock will go into one of their other branches in Notting Hill, Greenwich and Birmingham. Hopefully the shop will be able to find a new Soho-based home soon, but the closure seems to be part of a worrying West End trend and we don’t like it one bit.
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