SHOPPERS have shared their sadness after WHSmith announced its Stourport store will close for good.

A spokesperson for the retailer said they could not continue to trade viably at the High Street location and they are "disappointed" to be losing the shop.

Following the announcement, some social media users said they fear Stourport is becoming "like a ghost town."

Others have expressed their sadness at the loss of the "big name" retailer. One Facebook user said: "Sorry to see another shop close."

Another said: "So sad. Hope all the staff okay."

Another said: "It's quite alarming really how many big name high street shops (including banks and building societies) have left Stourport town centre in the last few years."

The store is set to close in August.

WHSmith has thanked its store workers and said staff will be redeployed to nearby stores where possible.

A spokesperson for WHSmith said: “We can confirm that the WHSmith store in Stourport will close in August 2021 when our lease expires.

"Unfortunately, we are unable to continue to trade viably from this location and the decision has been taken to close the store as a result of the forthcoming lease expiry.

"As one of the largest supporters of the UK high street, we are disappointed to be losing our presence in Stourport and we would like to thank all our customers for their support and for shopping with us.

"We are also extremely grateful for the commitment of our in store colleagues who we will support with this transition and redeploy to nearby stores, where possible.”