A dry cleaners is set to close after 55 years.

Beach Road Dry Cleaners in Beach Road, Littlehampton, has been serving the community for more than five decades.

It will close its doors for the final time on March 28. Lara Barnett, who has owned the shop for the last 16 years, told The Argus that her health and increasing costs mean she has no choice but to shut up shop.

Lara, 54, said: "I’ve got an auto immune disease that is progressively getting worse and I physically am not able to work my business any more."

She said electricity bills at the shop have risen from £200 a month to £880.

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The cost of stock has also "gone up exponentially" along with insurance costs.

Lara said: "I have had so many customers coming in to wish me well and to thank me.

"I was certainly not expecting that and feel very humbled that we’ve been able to do what we love and make a difference. March 28 will be a very difficult day.

"We are proud to have been a dry cleaners here for 55 years and would like to thank all our lovely customers for the love and support over all these years.

"I would also like to thank from the bottom of my heart our amazing team who will forever be family to me."

The business will continue to trade as normal until the closing date.