Shoppers have spoken of their disappointment after fashion and homeware giant Next revealed plans to shut a Stoke-on-Trent store.
But StokeonTrentLive readers have told they ‘loathe’ going to the city centre due to the high number of drug addicts and parking charges.
They have also hit out at the congestion on Festival Park at peak times.
Ange Gilman said: “The Tunstall store is on my door step and it”s a shame it’s shutting. The staff are so friendly and helpful.
“Looks like I’ll have to go to Hanley now which I hate doing.”
Susan Butcher was also a fan of the Tunstall store.
She said: “We use the Tunstall Next for when we want to buy the perfumes or a gift card as it’s easierto get to for us.
“Now, like lots of other people, we will be forced to go to Hanley and I dislike going there.”
Emma Robinson revealed she would prefer to buy from Next online rather than go into Hanley.
She said: “There never has been much in Tunstall so I can’t say I’m surprised.
“A lot of big name shops are reducing the number of shops they have.
“Shopping online is the way to go and get it delivered – it will be cheaper than parking in Hanley.”
Other StokeonTrentLive readers blamed the rise in online shopping and business rates for the closure.
Michelle Dimmelow said: “I have said this once and I will say it again, online shopping has been the biggest culprit since day one. High rent charges are the second biggest culprit.
“Online shopping should have never ever existed.
“I feel sorry for those people about to either loose their jobs or get put into another store probably further from their homes.”
Jancis Sutton added: “We should be concerned about all these stores closing with all these job losses.
“I love Next. People sould stop shopping online and visit stores on the high street as this is part of the problem. Soon there will be nothing left.”
And Dawn Robbins said: “Another charity or discount shop probably in its place for Tunstall then, like there isn’t enough already! What a shame. I loved going in there.”