Arson hit store reopens on Saturday

Published: 6 October 2011

A fancy dress shop that was destroyed in an arson attack by looters during August’s public disorder in Clapham Junction is due to start trading again this Saturday.

The Party Superstore will re-open in the next door shop exactly two months after its premises were gutted by the fire. At the same time it will also be opening an outlet in the Debenhams department store opposite after bosses there generously offered space in their building.

Duncan Mundell, the owner of the family business in Lavender Hill told the Evening Standard: "I still can't believe we've managed to revive and open two shops.

"But we got overwhelming and constant support. The public sent us more than 500 messages and Debenhams have been brilliant."

A statement from Debenhams - which was also badly damaged by looters - quoted in the newspaper stated: "We luckily managed to escape being set on fire and as we are a bigger business it wasn't hard for us to get up and running again.

"It is clear the party store is a major part of the local community. At Halloween the place was always packed so this is great for us and great for Duncan."

Mr Mundell, who is also the founder of a charity working with orphans in the developing world, where he invests much of the store's profits, added: "Since the fire we've had such an amazing response from the public for the shop and for the charity that I'm still trying to process it."

Council leader Ravi Govindia said: "This is great news for Mr Mundell, his business and his staff. He deserves praise for his fortitude as do Debenhams for their generosity.

"The looters never represented Clapham Junction. Mr Mundell, Debenhams, the broom army and all the other businesses who have bounced back from adversity, with the support of local residents, are the true faces of Clapham Junction."

From Saturday people can hire fancy dress costumes and outfits from the Debenham's outlet while novelty balloons, decorations and party goods will be available from the store on Lavender Hill.