A catering equipment fabricator stands in the way of Tottenham Hotspur moving to a new £100m stadium next to its existing White Hart Lane ground, it emerged this week.
Archway Sheet Metal Works, a family-owned stainless steel fabricator specialising in commercial kitchen equipment, operates on the final piece of land required to expand the stadium.
Spurs are understood to have been trying to buy the 25,000 square foot site in North London for more than 10 years, but have never been able to reach an agreement.
Archway has appealed against a public inquiry’s finding in April last year that Haringey council should issue a compulsory purchase order on behalf of the club.
The decision now lies with the Department for Communities and Local Government, which was due to rule in October, but it has yet to make a judgement.
Archway is demanding a better deal involving a land-swap so that the business can continue to grow.
Owner, Josif Josif, 46, this week told of his heartache at being the last barrier to the club’s new stadium, as he has been a supporter of the club since he was a boy.
He told the Evening Standard: “It’s really difficult. I’ve always been a Tottenham fan and so are two of my brothers. We used to have a box there and I remember going to watch in the days Osvaldo Ardiles was a player.”
Asked about the attempt to force his firm to relocate, he said: “The club has been going for a long time and it doesn’t change my love for the club. But the ownership is different and so you find yourself having to distinguish between the two.”
The paper reported that his legal team are threatening to take the DCLG to the High Court and even the Supreme Court if it rules in Tottenham’s favour.
Archway was founded by Mr Josif Sr. and made its name manufacturing catering equipment for the ethnic community in London. It built everything from kebab machines and display cabinets to commercial chip fryers.
From there it expanded into the general foodservice market and customers now range from fast food joints to high-end London restaurants.