A popular Colne valley shop is closing down ... but hopes to be quickly back in action.
The Emporium in Slaithwaite has announced that it will have to leave its current premises on December 31 and will be exceptionally sad to go.
The shop sells nic nacs, antiques, vintage clothing and accessories along with unique furniture from yesteryear.
A coffee shop and the Gallery in the same building will be staying. The Gallery supports about 100 artists and crafters showing and selling their work.
Emporium owner Pat Gardner said she has been given notice to leave by the end of the year by the landlord so New Year’s Eve will be her final day there.
“It’s all so sad,” she said. “After five wonderful years in Slaithwaite we would dearly love to stay in the village. It’s a much-loved and successful shop and we are looking for new premises in Slaithwaite.”
The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm and from 12noon to 4pm on Sundays.
People posted comments on the Emporium’s Facebook site saying what the shop means to them.
Isobel Fox said: “So sorry to hear this news. My family have spent many happy hours in the Emporium when we visit Slaithwaite. It’s so much more than just a shop - a part of the community too.”
Joanna Hunt added: “Oh no, worst news ever. You’re my fave shop in the world - we visit every weekend almost ... absolutely gutted.”
Zoe Freeman said: “The unit would still be a rotting old disused shell if not for the hard work put in to turn it around. Emporium was the catalyst for the rejuvenation of the village. Interesting shops that attract visitors.”
Holly Beth Herbert-Stutely said: “The Emporium is such an asset to the village and will be sorely missed. Maybe room in Globe Mill when it finally opens?”