A children’s clothing shop which has served generations of Melton families for 30 years is to close.
The Stork, one of the original tenants in the Bell Centre, has launched a sale to sell its remaining stock after owner Harun Jussab decided to retire.
The news comes as the Milk Skateshop, a fixture in Leicester Street for more than three years, is also closing because owner Rob Baker is moving to Canada.
Mr Jussab (60), who has run The Stork with his son Hassan, sells school uniforms and outfits for Scouts, Cubs and Brownies, as well as other children’s clothing.
He said: “My customers are sad and I am sad too to be closing.
“I’ve got to know so many people over the years because we’ve served generations of the same families.”
Mr Jussab expects to finally close for business in December.
One of his longest-standing customers is Anita Smith, of Waltham, who has bought clothing there for her five children and for her grandchildren for more than 20 years.
Mrs Smith said: “I’m very sad it’s closing because it very friendly. I’m not sure what we’ll do now because there is nowhere else like it.”
The Milk Skateshop also has a sale on before it closes in December.
Owner Mr Baker (28) is moving to Canada with girlfriend Alex Lambert, who has a new job there.
He led the campaign for a new skatepark in Melton and helped design it.
“I’m glad I was able to help get Melton a modern skatepark and I hope it will be here formany years,” said Mr Baker.
“I would also like to thank my customers for helping to keep the shop going.”