SHOPPERS shared their sadness as jewellery chain Pandora closed its doors in Andover.

As previously reported, the company shut its Chantry Centre store for the last time on Saturday after four years.

It is unclear the reasons behind the closure, but shoppers have taken to social media to air their disappointment.

Suz Shepherd recalled the times that staff helped her family during a difficult episode.

She said: “Oh dear that is really disappointing. I will never forget the person(s) who helped my nan the day she went out to this store for my birthday and Xmas after her heart op. She was clearly doing too much too soon and had a funny turn the staff in Pandora Andover were absolutely fabulous got her a chair made her feel at ease and just such a loving relaxed environment.

“Also from my own personal experience the manager was great at exchanging a faulty item. Gutted for all the guys working there your all fab.”

Jo Crozier added: “Soooo sorry to see this lovely little shop go. Andover has little going for it in the first place, I try to spend in the town to support local business but sadly there is nothing to bring people in to the town, there was a time I could buy most of my presents for Christmas. Not anymore.”

And Angie Dempster posted: “Gutted, probably the only shop in Andover that I go in!”

Others said that the closure will have a huge impact on the town.

Chloe Longton said: “This is ridiculous Andover is going to end up being a very boring town there is nothing really left. Pandora was my favourite shop”

Jeannette Monique Cummins added: “Omg I'm shocked! About the only decent shop we have too! Staff lovely in there.”

It is not known whether staff have been transferred to other stores.

Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, which owns the Chantry Centre, Councillor Phil North, said: “Rejuvenating our town centres is Test Valley’s top priority so it is a real shame that Pandora has closed and we are sorry to see them go. Sadly this also follows the closure of the Winchester store earlier this year. We have contacted the owners of the Andover Pandora franchise to see if there is anything that can be done to facilitate future trading from the unit.

“We have written to all the tenants in the centre setting out our commitment to supporting them and we have recently implemented more flexible terms for those wishing to pursue pop-up shops in a bid to fill some of the empty units. 

“Of course, sometimes businesses choose to leave for reasons beyond anyone’s control and we have all seen that high streets up and down the country are changing almost weekly. However, I would urge businesses in the Chantry Centre to contact the council directly if they have any issues as we would be more than happy to speak with them.”

 Pandora have been contacted for comment.