A shopkeeper has thanked her customers’ loyalty ahead of closing after more than 20 years in business.
Marilyn Hacker will be opening The Bread Bin, in High Street, Rothwell, for the last time on Saturday, January 28, after announcing it was to close.
The 64-year-old made the decision after doctors said her fiance Ian Brown needed a triple heart bypass operation.
Miss Hacker, who lives in Rushden, took over the bakery in December 1991.
She said: “I never lived in Rothwell but I’ve always felt very welcome in the community.
“I will mostly miss the loyal customers, many of whom have gone on to become good friends.
“I won’t be missing the getting up at 4am bit though.”
Miss Hacker said she took on the shop after seeing it advertised.
She said: “My children had grown up and I looked for something to do.
“I’d been working in shops before and the business seemed perfect to me.”
Business has mostly gone well for Miss Hacker, although she admits in recent years it has become more difficult because of the recession.
She said: “Everywhere has been affected.
“I think there are a lot of shops which is making it difficult for the smaller sole traders like me.
“Competition is great, but it does make it hard when everyone is watching their pennies.”
In a message to her customers, Miss Hacker said: “I’d like to thank all my customers for their support and loyalty.
“It has been great working in the town – I’m going to miss it.”
Town councillor David Jones said: “When any shop in the town closes it is a shame.
“It’s been a good shop, not just for the town but also passing traffic.”