Scarborough's Thorntons will close next week
A popular cafe and shop will close next week as the future of 13 jobs remains uncertain.
Thorntons shop and cafe, in Westborough, will be closing its doors for the last time on Saturday July 28.
The chocolatier chain's cafe has been a popular spot for residents and visitors for years.
The closure leaves job uncertainty for 13 staff members .
A Ferrero spokesman, on behalf of Thorntons, said: “ Like any retailer, we are continuously reviewing our store estate to ensure we are in the locations that meet our customer needs.
“As a result of such a review, the decision was taken to close the store at Scarborough.
“Currently, 13 staff members are employed at the store and we are looking to find them other employment opportunities where possible.
“Thorntons has been delighted to serve our many local customers over the years and we would encourage them to shop for their favourite Thorntons products at our York store, or online in the future.”
Cllr Janet Jefferson, who is president of Scarborugh and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said “It was going to close a couple of years ago. It was always a concern for us. It leaves quite a big gap in the high street.
“It is a casualty of its own success, they’re selling through other retailers in supermarkets. It raises the issue of business rates somewhere along the line we have to look through the government.”