A Burgess Hill retailer which has served residents in the town for decades is to close.
Clarks in Church Walk is to close next month, a spokesman for the store confirmed.
They added: “Clarks continually reviews all its stores to ensure that they are the right size and located in the right areas in order to provide the best possible offering and environment on the high street to its customers.
“The lease on our store in Burgess Hill is not being renewed and the store will be closing.
“We have a strong duty of care to our employees and are doing everything we can to minimise the impact on colleagues in Burgess Hill.
“All team members are being consulted with and we are exploring all avenues to find them suitable alternatives.”
The spokesman confirmed seven people were employed at the store.
They added: “Consultations are still ongoing so no final decisions have been made about people and whether they can be redeployed.
“In terms of closing date, this would be in February but we are awaiting confirmation of the exact date.”
Residents reacted to the news on the Middy’s Facebook page. Janet Laker said: “Just another shop biting the dust. We’re looking more like a ghost town week by week.”
Rosalie Haymon said the news was ‘really sad’.