Tributes have been to a newsagent in Cannon Lane who retired after almost thirty years in the village last month.
Bob Bharania and his wife Shashie have run Cannon Newsagents since 1989 and have been a firm fixture in the Pinner community ever since.
But over the last few years, Bob said he struggled to compete with bigger stores and the growing trend for people to read newspapers and magazines online.
He said: “I was doing well on greeting cards until a card shop opened. But I really enjoyed serving the community. My daughters went to Cannon Lane School so they grew up in the shop. I really loved seeing the children who used to come in the shop go from school to senior school to university. It wasn’t uncommon to see three generations of the same family in the same shop.”
When Bob announced his retirement, people in Pinner said he would be sadly missed.
Norman Stevenson tweeted: “He’s done so much for #Pinner and I regard him as a great friend – have a long and enjoyable #retirement Bob!”
Bob admitted it was a wrench to close the doors on the shop for the final time.
He said: “It was very emotional I don’t know how to describe it. My wife and I want to thank everyone for all the support over the last thirty years – it was very emotional to say goodbye to the shop. Even though I never lived there, Pinner was my first home.”
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