A LEATHER goods shop is closing after more than 100 years’ trading in Chester city centre.
Shuttleworth’s in Bridge Street, which mainly sells ladies’ handbags, was established in 1906 by Richard Shuttleworth.
Parent company Jane Shilton would like to sell the business on as a going concern, but the store is due to close at the end of September.
Other recent closures include ladies fashion store Karen Millen in Northgate Street.
Sayers in St Werburgh Street has also closed after the lease came to an end, although the bakery’s other city centre outlets will remain open.
Bob Clough-Parker, secretary of Chester Business Club, said: “It's important not to be too alarmist but this week’s news about these latest closures is a firm indicator that the recession is far from over and that retail businesses are in the firing line of its impact.
"Anecdotal evidence would also suggest that we are going to see a fair number of other retail casualties before the economy turns to a more favourable commercial climate.”
On a positive note, work is in full swing to convert Chester’s former Woolworths into a Primark clothes store.
Ladies fashion store Fenn Wright Manson is also advertising for sales staff for its new Chester store which is opening in premises previously occupied by The Japanese Shop.