Rushden's oldest shop has closed its doors

A town's oldest store closed its doors for the final time at the weekend.

Wills department store in Rushden High Street announced last month it had gone into liquidation and began a massive 50 per cent off sale to clear its stock.

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The sale came to an end on Saturday and customers rushed down to the store to grab last minute bargains.

John Wills, of Wills, said: "The final day of the sale was absolutely brilliant.

"We basically cleared all our stock – I think we might have a size 22 men's shirt left. We were very pleased with the outcome, as were the

receivers."

Mr Wills added many old faces had come along to the store to say goodbye.

He said: "We had a lot of customers coming in who have shopped with us for years and years and remember my grandparents being here.

"We had a lot of sympathetic comments from customers who said they were very sad to see the store go."

However, Mr Wills said following a meeting of creditors yesterday morning, which was attended by insolvency practitioners Marshman Price, he was hopeful the building would not be empty for long.

He said: "According to Marshman Price there are at least two or three parties interested in the shop. They just need to make sure the offers being made are the best they can get for the creditors.

"We're hopeful there will be a shop of some sort trading there soon. If the sale is completed fairly quickly it could be open in time for Christmas, although there are no guarantees."

Wills had been trading in Rushden since 1922.