Staff to keep housewares going after Blackburn store closes

Blackburn store Mercer’s is closing down after 169 years of trading – but the name will live on as an employee opens up new outlets for housewares and toys
Blackburn’s oldest shop, in Northgate, offers a mix of toys, housewares and hardware, but is no longer viable, and will close its doors for the last time on May 11.

However, some of the store’s staff plan to open up a new shop next month, called Mercer’s Toys, in Darwen Street, which will be expanded to include housewares at a later date.

The new shop will be run by Rose Fowler, who is currently manageress of and buyer for Mercer’s toy department. She believes that the new format will work, saying that the toys and cookware within the Northgate store had never lost money.

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