Farewell Video City, hello Nottflicks

When Video City owner Simon announced, via a note on the door of the shop, that he was to close at the end of June, the Notting Hill community went into complete shock. This wonderful, much loved shop, the purveyor of fine films, personal service and endless advice is irreplaceable but unfortunately as a result of a combination of events that have hit its bottom line, not least the exorbitant business rates set by central Government (relating to the value of the retable value of the property), it will shut for the last time on 24th June. Locals banded together to try and help Video City stay on Notting Hill Gate but it was sadly not enough. Good news though, Simon, after a well earned break, plans to launch an on-line film venture which should enable us to access all those obscure films that are not apparent on Netflicks et al… I suggest Nott-flicks as an obvious moniker. A toast was raised on 3rd June in The Uxbridge Arms to the fabulous work Simon and his team have done for over 30 years from that slice on the Gate. I hope there will be a few more three cheers before they go. Btw – when I first saw the above pic, I though ah wonderful Simon and all those amazing films and then my eyes slid right and I thought yay Poldark is out as a box set. Oh and now there is massive DVD sale if you can stomach picking over the carrion of the shop, I imagine everything must go. videocitylondon

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