MYSTERY surrounds the sudden closure of a Scarborough ladieswear shop.
Designer boutique Dapper Women, which has shops in St Nicholas Street and Huntriss Row, has closed.
While the shutters are permanently down on the smaller shop in Huntriss Row, all stock has been cleared from the main shop in St Nicholas Street, where the bars are pulled across the windows.
No signs have been put up at either shop to inform customers of any temporary or permanent closures, while reports on social networking site Twitter indicate staff have lost their jobs.
The business was owned by Susan Turner, wife of English Rose Hotels managing director David Turner.
Mr Turner hit the headlines recently after a number of his companies went into administration.
One of them, English Rose Hotels Scarborough Ltd, owned both the Royal Hotel, also in St Nicholas Street, and the Clifton Hotel in Queen’s Parade, while the others saw the Wrea Head Hotel and the Hackness Grange Hotel also fall in to the hand of administrators.
Neither Mr nor Mrs Turner were contactable for comment regarding the closure of Dapper.
Dapper Women is a separate company to Dapper menswear, which is also on St Nicholas Street and continues to trade as normal.