Yumchaa closes Parkway tea shop as Gail’s Bakery prepares to move in
Change for iconic unit formerly home to Palmers Pets
15 February, 2018 — By Richard Osley
TEA specialists Yumchaa have stunned customers by suddenly closing a major branch in Camden Town.
The shop in Parkway was operating in the former Palmers pet store, famous for its ornate signs and shopfront lettering. The double unit will now be converted into a branch of Gail’s, the artisan bakery chain rapidly expanding operations in north London, with an outlet opening in Kentish Town and a new shop up and running in Highgate Village.
Pavan Amara, a former Camden New Journal reporter and a fan of Yumchaa, said: “No one told us regulars. So many people will be upset. Yes, it was a chain but so many people made it a second home. There was a community in there.” Yumchaa recently closed a branch in Goodge Street, but has retained other cafés, including in King’s Cross and Soho, and an outlet in Camden Market.
A spokeswoman said: “We’ve decided to strategically close down our Parkway shop as, although it was doing well, we are currently working on the opening of a new site in Camden Lock. Our wish is to give our community of tea lovers the best we can offer and we’re really excited for this new opportunity ahead of us.”
It is the latest change for Parkway, known among some foodies as “Foodway”, due to the number of places offering something to eat. Strada, the pizza chain, recently closed its branch on the other side of the road, telling customers that the decision was based on “disappointing trading”.