Tudor Williams’ New Malden flagship to close down after 106 years

Tudor Williams New Malden
(Image source: Tudor Williams' Facebook)
// Tudor Williams to shutter doors of New Malden flagship
// Department store has traded in the same location for 106 years
// Tudor Williams’ two other stores in Farnham and Dorking will remain open

Independent department store Tudor Williams has announced plans to shut down its New Malden flagship after 106 years.

The family-operated business said it would run a £1 million closing down sale from May 17 until the June 29, after which it would shutter its doors for good.

Tudor Williams has traded in the same south-west London location since 1913.

Despite recent investment in refurbishing the New Malden store, it said it made the decision to shut down amid challenging trading conditions, rising costs and an absence of “necessary improvement” in sales.

Tudor Williams added that its two other stores, Tudor Williams Dorking and Elphicks of Farnham, were not affected and would continue to trade as normal.

“Despite the tremendous effort by our New Malden management and staff and the extensive refurbishment, the store has unfortunately not seen the necessary improvement in sales”, group managing director John Morris said in an announcement on Tudor Williams’ website.

“With ongoing rising costs, and the tough retail climate, it is with the greatest of reluctance we have concluded that we are unable to continue trading at the store.”

“Neither our Dorking store nor our sister store, Elphicks of Farnham, which has recently undergone a major refurbishment, are affected by this decision and will continue to trade as normal.”

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Will be very sad to see you go. Over the years you have had some lovely quality items and as I’m disabled it’s much easier for me to go to New Malden than to Kingston.

  2. Should never be allowed to go ,you should of asked the local people before the last refurbishment what they wanted. What a massive loss to the area. Local community and council should of been involved in keeping it open,with new ideas, maybe renting the top floor.

  3. My mum used to go there often when we were growing up in elm road and stayed outside while mum was shopping what a shame as i remember it fondly from a different age shame

  4. Had just been told by my sister it had closed…I went to school in New Malden in the 1960’s and Remember it being quite a posh store. My mum lived in New Malden, and I was in Australia, and she used to get the perfume samples off the salesladies and sent them to me. When I visited mum, we used to walk to Tudor Williams and have tea and lunch there, as did my daughters when they holidayed in England. Cherished memories.

  5. As a young, at the time, builder E R Armfield Ltd of Fulham and West Molesey, I had the privilege of reconstructing the whole store from the original shop on the corner to the store it became. A real labour of love and pleasure, What a sadness to see it disappear. Well do I remember meeting, Mrs Williams senior, back in the 60’s when young Trevor took over and working with Mr Lucas, Mr Caswell, It was a fine store and a great sadness to see it disappear, May the building have a second life.

    John Snelling

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