Booths to shut up shop

A family run supermarket chain will close its Leyland store this weekend Bosses at Booths, on Towngate, have confirmed they will shut on Saturday.

They have blamed the decision on severe trading losses of around 100,000 a year for the last four years.

The announcement comes after weeks of speculation and news that two new supermarkets, Aldi and Morrisons, have targeted Leyland as a potential new site.

A second store on Liverpool Road, Penwortham is also closing.

Company chairman Edwin Booth, said: "I am personally very sad for both customers and staff, that we have to close these stores."

Following the announcement, traders and customers expressed regret at the decision.

Customer Joan Johnstone, 48, from Leyland, said: "They don't stand a chance against the big stores. But I'm sad about it because it's a friendly store."

Sheila Jolley, owner of the nearby Three Wishes card and gift store said she thought the closure was 'very sad'.

She said: "A lot of people depend on that store that have been going for years.

"Booths give a good personal service. There are a lot of shops closing in the town and it's sad that people are losing their jobs."

She added: "It affects us all really because of the passing trade. And the parking situation is very difficult. If the council start charging, it will kill it completely."