Northamptonshire department store Peter Crisp is closing down – in the year that it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Peter Crisp department store to close down

Northamptonshire department store Peter Crisp is closing down – in the year that it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Peter Crisp department store to close down

The Rushden high street store first opened in 1959 as an ironmongers, but today has 15 departments, including a cookshop and china and gift section.

Only weeks ago, managers had hoped to avoid closure by inviting suggestions from staff about the future of the store, and a consultation on any possible way forward was delayed.

The store said it would do what it could to remain open, but has now announced the closure, with the loss of 35 jobs.

It is currently running a closing-down sale, offering up to 75% off goods.

The founder of the store, Peter Crisp, died in 1996, and the business has since been run by his daughter, Julia Roberts.

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