An award-winning jeweller has been forced to close his Southport store due to high business rates.
Peter Jackson MBE, owner of Peter Jackson the Jewellers, decided to shut his store after 20 years in the area.
With other Peter Jackson stores in Preston, Blackburn, Bury and Carlisle, the Southport outlet is his only one which does not make a profit.
Jackson said: “I am very grateful to the people of Southport for their custom and support over the years and I hope that we may have the pleasure of welcoming many of our loyal customers to our beautiful store in St Georges Centre, Preston.
“I shall be very sorry to leave Southport and I hope that the local authority will realise that an urgent effort to revitalise the town centre and particularly Lord Street is needed.”
The Southport staff will be offered jobs in other outlets under the brand and a final closing date is yet to be confirmed.