AN INDEPENDENT Scarborough store closed for the final time on Saturday after almost 60 years in business.
Bargain hunters queued in the rain as they waited for Henry Dell glass and china shop, in St Nicholas Street, to open.
Wendy Bostock, who took over the store after her husband Chris passed away in March, said: “It is a very strange day and I feel especially sorry for the staff.
“A lot of people have been in and said how sad they are that we are closing, but it’s just down to circumstances.”
Ros Fox, who has been associated with Henry Dell since 1994, was working on Saturday when items were reduced by 75 per cent.
She said: “It’s the end of an era. The staff are all OK but we are a bit emotional. It is sad.
“A lot of us have been here for quite a number of years and we’ve all worked hard. It’s been a good independent business and it will be a miss to the town.”
As a farewell gesture, one regular customer made a Christmas cake for the staff.
“She made us a cake every Christmas, so the lady brought one in for a final time to say thank you,” added Mrs Fox. “People have been very kind.”
Another family business which was owned by Mr Bostock, Hornes Gift Shop in Whitby, also closed on Saturday.