‘I love this shop’ cry fans as department store chain marks another branch for closure

SHOPPERS are in despair as a department store marks the closure of another branch.

The Original Factory Shop has confirmed it is closing another store, having pulled the shutters on a further three as recently as August.

The discounter has closed a number of stores in recent months, but also opened new branches last year


The discounter has closed a number of stores in recent months, but also opened new branches last yearCredit: Alamy

Now the discount department chain is closing its branch in Padiham, Lancashire.

A spokesman for the company said: “We are consulting with colleagues at the store and are working hard to support all of those affected.

“We’d like to thank all our customers for their support and look forward to welcoming them at any of our other three stores, which are all located within 20 miles.”

Shoppers were quick to share their disappointment on social media.

One said: “I went in nearly every week when I lived over there, fab shop, such a shame.”

A second wrote: “Such a shame. The staff are so lovely there. Hope they all get jobs they deserve”

And a third added: “Love this shop bought kids clothes and clothes for myself. Love the homewear too. Such a shame.”

It after the chain shut a store in Diss, Norfolk, shortly before Christmas.

The discounter sells a range of bargain items from homeware to stationery.

It has been running since 1969 and, as of Christmas, had around 190 stores across the UK.

The chain closed stores in Chepstow, Mildenhall annd Bodmin in August last year.

That follows sites in Bideford, and Stourport shutting their doors for a final time in May.

However, the discounter opened more than a dozenn department stores between August and October.

New shops opened in:

  • Kirkintilloch – opened August 24
  • Stonehaven – opened August 31
  • Blandford Forum – opened August 31
  • Haddington – opened September 7
  • Wetherby – opened September 7
  • Nairn – opened September 14
  • Ashbourne – opened September 14
  • Castle Douglas – opened September 21
  • Penrith – opened September 21
  • Inverness – opens September 28
  • Attleborough – opens September 28
  • Ayr which – on October 5
  • Ringwood – opens October 5
  • Perth – opens October 12
  • Lanark – opens October 19
  • Peterhead – opens October 26
The Original Factory Shop in Padiham is closing


The Original Factory Shop in Padiham is closingCredit: Google


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