Staff members have expressed sadness and regret over the closures of two high street shops.
Both the Jack Fulton store in Oxford Street and The Original Factory Shop, in Grosvenor Road, Ripley, closed their doors for good despite managers saying they “fought hard to stay”.
The shops now stand empty on the high street.
In a note posted on the door of The Original Factory Shop, staff said they had tried their best to keep it open, but ultimately the final decision was “out of our control”.
Derbyshire Live reports the notice reads: “Dear customers, it is with regret that we have to inform you that today, June 28, will be our last day of trade.
“The decision is out of our control and we have fought to stay but unfortunately it has been confirmed that we are now closing.
“I’d like to take this chance to say thank you to all our loyal, lovely customers for supporting us over the years. Yours sincerely, Helen and the Ripley team.”
A spokesperson for The Original Factory Shop said it had not been an easy decision to leave the town.
“After trying to reach an agreement with our landlords we have decided not to renew the lease at our Ripley store and that means we have had to now close the doors to shoppers,” he said.
“We’re working closely with colleagues affected by this and will be offering them a comprehensive package of support including help to find alternative employment.
“Whilst we are sad to be leaving Ripley, we will be opening more new stores across the UK in the coming year.”
The former Jack Fulton store has been emptied and has a to-let sign above the entrance, although it is not clear why it has closed.
Frozen Value Ltd, which runs Jack Fulton, has been approached for comment.