Monday, 17 January 2011

F. Leney & Co., Raynes Park

Although very little information is available about F. Leney & Co., it seems pretty certain this was a wine merchant. Documents indicate F. Leney & Co. was purchased by Birchwood Inns Ltd, a company which eventually became part of the Unwins Wine Group. This is confirmed by the three companies being registered at the same address in Dartford. Also, before it became a pharmacy, this shop used to be an Unwins off-licence. Unwins went into administration in late 2005 and 200 of its shops were bought by its competitor Threshers. The one in Raynes Park wasn't included in the deal and it remained empty for a while. Barkers Chemist moved in in spring 2008 and for a few days the 'Unwins Wine Merchants' sign in green letters on a yellow background could be seen still hanging above the door of the newly-opened pharmacy.

Location: corner Lambton Road and Worple Road / Picture taken on: 12/08/2008

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