The future of an Acklam convenience store is uncertain after its current owner announced they would not be renewing the lease.
McColl’s on Trimdon Avenue will shut its doors on October 21 in a “great blow to the community” – amid rumours it could become another takeaway, charity shop or even a Premier store.
The shop has operated as a newsagents and convenience store for years under different guises.
A spokesman for McColl’s said: “Having explored all options, regretfully we have taken the difficult decision to not renew the lease at the McColl’s store on Trimdon Avenue in Acklam .
“The store’s last day of trading will be Sunday, October 21.
“We are saddened to no longer be operating the store and our priority has been to support all affected colleagues.”
Independent councillor Dennis McCabe, said: “The information to date is that it might be another takeaway, or a charity shop.
“Who knows – it’s such a shame, it’s an important part of our community.”
One poster on social media said: “That’s a shame, been there years used to go for my mix up of sweets.”
Another added: “This was the first place I ever worked – when I was 15 as a Saturday girl.
“Loved it and can’t believe its stayed open all these years!”
While another posted: “A great opportunity for a local to take over it perhaps?”