High-profile London KBB studio owner Neil Lerner has confirmed that he has been forced to close the doors on the family business he has run for 30 years.
Lerner said it is “with great regret” that he had to announce that Neil Lerner Kitchens ceased trading on April 17.
“This has been caused by an unexpected and severe downturn in sales due to the uncertainty surrounding the economy and Brexit,” he said.
“Nevertheless, we have done our utmost to honour all existing orders through arrangements made with another kitchen retailer who will supply and install the kitchens to the exact specifications agreed and promised.”
Lerner added: “After 30 years of building a successful family business, during which we have supplied literally thousands of customers and established excellent relations with all our suppliers, it is obviously extremely upsetting for me and all my loyal staff that Neil Lerner Kitchens has reached the end of the line.”
Neil Lerner Kitchens was a staple among the luxury showrooms lining Finchley Road, undergoing a major renovation a few years ago to make room for the complete lifestyle range from Italian brand Poliform and sister brand Varenna.
The lengthy Brexit process has been blamed by many KBB retailers for knocking consumer confidence and putting the brakes on spending.
In December, UK kitchen designer Johnny Grey said the deterioration in his own business in the closing months of 2018 was unprecedented, blaming the chaotic Brexit process that still shows no sign of resolving any time soon.
The deadline for the UK to leave the EU was March 29, but this has been pushed back several times, and currently stands at October 31.