It’s a sad time as Taunton’s iconic County Stores is set to close on Saturday, January 19th.
The business is one of many suffering the high street crisis as shoppers do more online and reports of unsustainable business rates are mentioned in the media.
The store first opened 186 years ago and has seen 5 generations of family ownership as well as housing the Post Office which will remain open until March 30th before moving to WH Smith.
The family business was originally due to close in January 2017 but owners managed to keep it going until now.
The store, which included a coffee cellar, gift shop, bakery and restaurant has been a popular hang out for residents for many years especially for a good breakfast and you could never mistake the smell of the ground coffee whilst walking past.
Residents have told us they have many childhood memories of the County Stores.
61 staff have been made redundant.