Locksbottom shop sales down after car goes through window

The shop window immediately after the incident

The boards put up during repairs

Charlotte Foyle, Angela Saunders and Ruth Tibbals outside the shop

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

Trade in a Locksbottom shop has suffered after a BMW smashed through the window last month.

Fewer customers have visited the store, Heaven, as many assumed the place had closed down after it was boarded up for repairs.

One man even thought the premises had been turned into a sex shop.

However, an enterprising employee painted the boards to show the store was still open and pull in the crowds.

The incident occurred on July 23 when a driver of the 5 Series BMW was pulling into a parking space and accidentally accelerated rather than braking.

The front of the car smashed into the window display of the gift and jewellery shop in Crofton Road.

A shop assistant was behind the counter at the time but nobody was hurt.

The damage included the window, brick work, door frame and various pieces of stock.

Manager Angela Saunders, from Sevenoaks, opened the shop nine years ago and it was named one of the five best greeting card shops in London competition only a few months ago.

However Mrs Saunders, 48, is now concerned about the future of the shop.

She said: "Things are tough enough as it without a BMW coming through your window.

"Friends dropped everything to help. Everyone has been so kind although it has been extremely difficult.

Mrs Saunders said around half the number of customers had come in to the store as a result.

"A lot of people thought we had closed and one customer even said he thought we had become a sex shop!"

Mrs Saunders said her employee, Charlotte Foyle, 21, had been "amazing" throughout the ordeal.

Miss Foyle, from Orpington, started as a Saturday girl four years ago and now comes back to work during her University holidays.

The situation got so bad she decided to take action and painted the shop logo onto the boards to let people know it was still open.

It is hoped the mural, of a cherub and the shop's name, along with fairy lights, will attract people's attention.

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3:09pm Fri 3 Aug 12

handymanchris says...

i heard it was a drive through....

baddum tisss....
i heard it was a drive through.... baddum tisss.... handymanchris
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4:14pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Guess who ;) AGAIN ! says...

I'm gazing in my old Mums crystal ball, and yes I see a claim on the horizon, and someone is saying "show me the money, show me the money."
I'm gazing in my old Mums crystal ball, and yes I see a claim on the horizon, and someone is saying "show me the money, show me the money." Guess who ;) AGAIN !
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4:34pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Marty1979 says...

Details of the driver???????
Details of the driver??????? Marty1979
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5:55pm Fri 3 Aug 12

reasonable75 says...

The incident occurred on July 23 when a driver of the 5 Series BMW was pulling into a parking space and accidentally accelerated rather than breaking.

Shouldn’t it be “braking” rather than “breaking”?

Although breaking is what happened to the window.....
The incident occurred on July 23 when a driver of the 5 Series BMW was pulling into a parking space and accidentally accelerated rather than breaking. Shouldn’t it be “braking” rather than “breaking”? Although breaking is what happened to the window..... reasonable75
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6:19pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Chrisbitz says...

with two very prominent "adverts" in the News Shopper, if their takings are still down, then it's nothing to do with the car!
with two very prominent "adverts" in the News Shopper, if their takings are still down, then it's nothing to do with the car! Chrisbitz
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4:09pm Sat 4 Aug 12

BickleyB says...

An appropriate gift card message for you:

'Sorry for your loss'
An appropriate gift card message for you: 'Sorry for your loss' BickleyB
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9:15pm Sun 5 Aug 12

Oldchap says...

Guess who ;) AGAIN ! wrote:
I'm gazing in my old Mums crystal ball, and yes I see a claim on the horizon, and someone is saying "show me the money, show me the money."
I expect you're waiting to hear it was a woman?
[quote][p][bold]Guess who ;) AGAIN ![/bold] wrote: I'm gazing in my old Mums crystal ball, and yes I see a claim on the horizon, and someone is saying "show me the money, show me the money."[/p][/quote]I expect you're waiting to hear it was a woman? Oldchap
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12:01pm Tue 7 Aug 12

andy42ward says...

Why not just get the window fixed?
Why not just get the window fixed? andy42ward
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3:08pm Tue 7 Aug 12

Guess who ;) AGAIN ! says...

Oldchap wrote:
Guess who ;) AGAIN ! wrote:
I'm gazing in my old Mums crystal ball, and yes I see a claim on the horizon, and someone is saying "show me the money, show me the money."
I expect you're waiting to hear it was a woman?
Not waiting 'Oldchap', that' a given !!
In fact you could take it to the bank that its a woman.
[quote][p][bold]Oldchap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Guess who ;) AGAIN ![/bold] wrote: I'm gazing in my old Mums crystal ball, and yes I see a claim on the horizon, and someone is saying "show me the money, show me the money."[/p][/quote]I expect you're waiting to hear it was a woman?[/p][/quote]Not waiting 'Oldchap', that' a given !! In fact you could take it to the bank that its a woman. Guess who ;) AGAIN !
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3:09pm Tue 7 Aug 12

Guess who ;) AGAIN ! says...

Not waiting 'Oldchap', that's a given.


sorry a typo.


ThANk YOu
Not waiting 'Oldchap', that's a given. sorry a typo. ThANk YOu Guess who ;) AGAIN !
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3:51am Fri 10 Aug 12

Architect29 says...

Chrisbitz wrote:
with two very prominent "adverts" in the News Shopper, if their takings are still down, then it's nothing to do with the car!
Adverts are only useful if people read them. In retail your most important advertising tool is your window display. Regulars rely on quality window displays to promote your merchandise. If this advertising tool is removed and boarded up people will not stop, browse and hopefully walk in and purchase items. This is fact hence why large companies employ window display companies. You say this has nothing to do with the car then what has caused sales to drop at the same time the hoarding went up? Lets hope this is quickly rectified by the reinstatement of this important ADVERTISING tool and normal service can be resumed.
[quote][p][bold]Chrisbitz[/bold] wrote: with two very prominent "adverts" in the News Shopper, if their takings are still down, then it's nothing to do with the car![/p][/quote]Adverts are only useful if people read them. In retail your most important advertising tool is your window display. Regulars rely on quality window displays to promote your merchandise. If this advertising tool is removed and boarded up people will not stop, browse and hopefully walk in and purchase items. This is fact hence why large companies employ window display companies. You say this has nothing to do with the car then what has caused sales to drop at the same time the hoarding went up? Lets hope this is quickly rectified by the reinstatement of this important ADVERTISING tool and normal service can be resumed. Architect29
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