EMPTY shelves and blank walls confront the final visitors to Wilko in Whitehaven, as the shop prepares to close in another blow to the high street.

The store has been a popular feature in the town for over 20 years, providing customers with a wide array of everyday products. 

The shop itself sold everything from DIY equipment, gardening appliances, health and beauty products, and homeware. 

Many people are saddened to see the store close its doors for a final time and believe its closure will be a huge loss for the town. 

Staff members at the store said: "We're all really sad that today's happened because we've been here since 2002 and we have a really great team, I don't think it'll be good for the town either. 

"The shop's closure will be a big void to fill. I'd just like to thank all the customers that we've had throughout the years and my team."

Whitehaven News: The last of the stock flies off the shelves before closureThe last of the stock flies off the shelves before closure (Image: Newsquest)

On Tuesday, September 26, the day the store closed the shop looked very bleak as the shelves were emptied of their goods. 

There were still a number of customers in the store trying to make the most of what Wilko's had to offer before it closed its doors for good. 

Over the past few weeks, the store has been holding a closing-down sale with huge offers off lots of the goods they sell. 

One customer said: "I've been a customer for over 20 years and I've always been satisfied with the quality of the goods and the friendliness of the staff. 

"I think it'll be a big miss for Whitehaven as it's one of the best shops in town."

Whitehaven News: Many of the shelves were empty in the shop Many of the shelves were empty in the shop (Image: Newsquest)

Also this week in Cumbria the Cockermouth and Workington stores have closed down already and in Carlisle, their store will close on Tuesday, October 3. 

Many other stores all across the country are following suit as it appears the company is fully coming to an end. 

Another customer said: "It's a terrible loss for Whitehaven town centre. I hope that the building is occupied effectively very soon."