There was sadness among shoppers as an independent outdoor and country clothing store announced it has closed.

The Outdoorist at Marriotts Walk shopping centre in Witney sold men's and women's clothing from brands such as Patagonia, Rab and Carhatt Workwear.

The store opened at Mill Walk in the town in November 2021.

In April 2023 it moved to a new and improved store in the council-owned Marriotts Walk precinct.

Marriotts Walk shopping centre in Witney (Image: WODC)

Shoppers took to social media to share their disappointment after a sign announcing the closure appeared in the window.

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One said: "I am so sorry to see my favourite shop have this sign up. I loved this shop, the staff were fantastic, brightened up my days with their wicked sense of humour and for sure will miss their Christmas window displays."

Others said it was "a loss to the Witney High Street" while one blamed the closure as "a knock-on effect of Sports Direct opening up".

Harpers Menswear closed in February after 14 years of trading with owner John Harper saying the arrival of the sportswear giant at Marriotts Walk had hit his trade.

Despite the closure of the store, The Outdoorist goods remain available online from its website.

The store, which has a headquarters in Cheltenham, has been contacted.