A popular women’s clothing shop has officially closed in High Wycombe.

Zara, which was based within the town’s Eden Shopping Centre, now bares an empty and dark unit with its closure taking place at the back end of January.

We first reported at the start of last month (January 10), that the Spanish store was rumoured to leave the shopping complex, after staff were allegedly told in a meeting that the lease for the premises would come to an end on January 31.

Following its departure, the nearest stores will be in Windsor and Reading respectively.

Bucks Free Press: The signage has been taken downThe signage has been taken down (Image: NA)

Rumours of a Zara exit had been circulating for several months, but the Eden Shopping Centre had declined to comment. 

Other branches that have closed in recent weeks include those in Telford, Watford and Maidstone.

It becomes one of many national outlets to leave the town, following the closures of Wilko, Thomas Cook and Woolworths in recent years.

Bucks Free Press: A member of the public walks past the now-empty shopA member of the public walks past the now-empty shop (Image: NA)

High Wycombe resident, Ben Stenner, who regularly shops in the town said: “It’s a shame to see another big brand go.

“Wilko, House of Fraser, BHS, everything is just going and before you know it, there’ll be nothing left.

“The High Street is dying as it’s all about online shopping.

“That’s the way things are moving forward and I think we could see more shops go as people mainly get their stuff from the internet.”

The Zara fashion chain is owned by Spanish billionaire Amancio Ortega, who founded the parent company Inditex in 1975.