Well, after twelve years it is time to move on. Lipka's Arcade (the largest on Portobello Road) is going the way of Antiquarius on Kings Road - making way for the generic retail chain. Antiquarius is going to be London's new Anthropologie store. I suspect one of the Lipka buildings will probably end up a Baby Gap. Given the number of crunchy new men on a Saturday pushing those three wheeled things (replete with yoga mat, bags of organic shopping , and screaming child) I am sure they will do a roaring trade.
We'll see if indeed when one door closes another door opens.
One thing is for certain, this is the first and last time anyone will ever see Antropologie and, or, Baby Gap mentioned here.
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