THERE was sadness but a sense of achievement as another business in Emsworth closed for the final time.
Marlene Barton, 59, served customers for the last time at Hutchins L&M in High Street.
It was the end of an era as shoes and clothes have been sold in the historic building for more than a century.
Marlene’s mother and father, Leonard and Marjorie Hutchins, bought the building in 1977.
Mr Hutchins had worked as a manager in the Corbins store at the same location beforehand. Before Corbins the shop was known as Ayling & Sons.
Mr and Mrs Hutchins died in 2010 within a week of each other, both in their 90s.
Marlene, who has worked in the shop since the age of seven, said: ‘It was a hard decision because it was mum and dad’s business.
‘I have met some really nice people.’