McColl's newsagents in Stroud is set to close at the end of next month.

The Stroud branch, located in the high street, will close its doors on September 25.

A McColl’s spokeswoman said:“Having explored all options, regretfully we have taken the difficult decision not to renew the lease at the McColl’s in Stroud.

"The store’s last day of trading will be Friday, September 25.

“We are saddened to no longer be operating the store and our priority has been to support all affected colleagues."

Commenting on the news, mayor of Stroud, councillor Kevin Cranston, said: "Unfortunately, many national chains will be making similar tough decisions, based on past profitability, as leases come up for review.

"So it is vital for the community to support local traders in these challenging times.

“A vibrant town centre, with a range of shops and businesses, is crucial to Stroud’s economy. With local shops it really is a case of use it or lose It.”

Tony Davey, chairman of Stroud and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “It’s sad to see a business that has been on our high street for so long take the decision not to renew their lease, especially for those employed there.

“These are tough times for many businesses, especially national chains, but I’m mindful many more businesses are also in the process of opening.”