CLOSING down signs have been placed on a Worcester fashion and furniture store.

Laura Ashley announced permanent closures in March this year after the coronavirus proved to be the final straw for the struggling business.

The Worcester store in Broad Street is one of the 70 affected branches.

The store reopened on June 15 joining other retailers across the country, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown is slowly lifting.

Signs have been plastered over the shop front with “Everything reduced,” “Up to 50% off,” and “Closing down.”

DIY store, Worthington’s DIY, in Worcester will be closing its doors after 50 years of trading.

The business, based in Ombersley Road, posted on its Facebook page back in March: “To our many loyal customers who have visited us over many many years.

“It’s with deep regret that we have closed up for the foreseeable future.

“We know that we wanted to continue for another week but given the current circumstances we hope that you all understand.

“Wishing you all the very best. John and Gary.”

The exterior signs of the estate agent Knight Frank, in College Street, has disappeared as the company made the decision not to renew the lease as staff work remotely.

A spokesman for Knight Frank said: “Knight Frank has made the decision not to renew the lease on its Worcester office, located on College Street. In current working environments, the need for a physical presence is reduced and we are able to work remotely.

“Going forward, our dedicated Worcestershire team will operate dynamically from Knight Frank’s Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham offices. The team is also supported by our national Country House department based in London.

“Knight Frank remains fully committed to the Worcestershire market and our teams will remain focused on providing best in class advice to our clients and customers.”