SHOPPERS in South Shields said they were sad to say goodbye to Marks and Spencer.
The King Street store will close its doors for the last time at 5.30pm today.
It has been in the town for 80 years.
Staff are being relocated to an expanded outlet at Silverlink in North Tyneside, but the supermarket giant leaves behind disappointment and bitterness over its decision to quit the borough.
Now, the hope is that a new M&S outlet could be accommodated as part of the £100m masterplan to revive South Shields town centre.
A Gazette petition urging the retail giant to return has gathered almost 2,000 signatures.
M&S bosses have cited a decline in sales and the high cost of modernising the King Street shop among reasons for its closure.
Watch the video to see what shoppers had to say about the closure of M&S.