Newsagents to shut doors after 26 years

Photo Neil Cross'Simon Rigby of Rigby's Newsagents which is closing after 26 years in business in Eaves Lane, Chorley

Photo Neil Cross'Simon Rigby of Rigby's Newsagents which is closing after 26 years in business in Eaves Lane, Chorley

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A Chorley newsagents will close its doors after 26 years in the business.

Simon Rigby says it’s the right time for him and his four staff to leave their Eaves Lane store after serving the community for decades.

Simon defied armed robbers two years ago when they demanded he turn over cash from the till of Rigby’s News and Books.

He refused their demands, despite staring down the barrel of a gun, and when they fled he chased in pursuit, but was unable to catch them.

Simon, 44, shrugged off the ordeal as ‘a bit unexpected’, and says he prefers to remember the good times at the shop, which are too countless to remember.

He said: “The last 26 years have been a blast. Every day has been different.

“I will miss everyone and I want to thank all the customers who have been with us over the years. It has been a pleasure to serve.

“I intend to take a little bit of time out now. It’s the right time.

“I haven’t had much time off and when I have it has been a bit like planning for a war.”

The boss decided to sell up after being approached by a business man who wanted to rent the property out.

He says Chorley has changed a lot since he started in the 1980s and he says small traders face a lot of competition from bigger supermarkets, which makes his trade increasingly difficult.

He said: “A good offer has come along which is too good to turn down. I would have been a fool to say no.

“Times are changing and I’ve got to think there are that many supermarkets that take a lot of trade away from smaller shops like us.

“I don’t know what will happen in the future. Chorley has changed a lot.” The last trading day for the store will be on Saturday, May 5.