MARKS and Spencer left Northwich today, with signage being removed from the Leicester Street store after the doors shut at 4pm.

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The move, announced earlier this year, comes despite attempts between M&S and Cheshire West and Chester Council to find an alternative location at Barons Quay.

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Many took advantage of staff's offer to say a final goodbye, with meet and greet sessions taking place today and yesterday.

Guardian readers paid tribute to staff at the store, which has had a presence at various town centre locations since 1908.

Tracey Pardoe said: "Very sad to see store close today in our town, made sure we went in this afternoon to say bye bye."

Anne Sutton added: "So sad after all that time, good luck to all the staff."

Support for shop staff was echoed by many, including former workers.

Chalene Gibson wrote: "Worked there myself for 14years. I made some wonderful friends and I was sad to say goodbye for the last time to some of them today.

"Good luck to you allt thanks for the memories."