FOLLOWING the news that an independent shop will be closing down after 135 years, Worcester shoppers have expressed their sadness.

Rick Knowles, who runs Knowles Sports and Knowles Travel Goods in Broad Street, said that declining footfall had made it more and more difficult to keep the family business going.

Jane Lander-Taylor said: "That is such sad news...the staff are always so friendly and helpful and it is a pleasure to shop there. The curse of the internet."

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Annie Dunbar said: "Very sad, we use Knowles as it's a really good shop."

Chris Wyse said: "A genuine shame.Would like to say all the best of luck to Rick with whatever he does in the future. He has always been a thoroughly nice guy whenever I’ve dealt with him and gave good service and advice in the shop."

Ann Hayden said: "Sad news to see another shop going especially an independent one that has been around so long. Good luck with you're new venture."

Margaret Morris said: "Sad to see another family run business closing. Knowles has been a part of Worcester for so long. Rick Knowles mother was my first Primary School teacher, and my son worked in the sports shop for about 15 years."

"It is a specialist shop where minority sports are catered for as well as the more popular ones. Good luck to all the staff and management in both shops. "

Sylvia Herbert said: "I've bought suitcases, purses, bags and umbrellas there and I remember getting saddlery repaired by a guy at the back of the shop in the late 70s/early 80s. It's very sad to lose such an old established business."

Russ Thomas said: "I keep saying it. My kids kids generation won't remember town. Their idea of shopping will be internet browsing. To be fair, I rarely go to town, I want something I switch on Google."