The popular Dougie Mac shop in Cheadle has been forced to close following a land slippage caused by the recent extreme weather.
Cheadle High Street has been affected to the rear of the shops after torrential rain washed earth from neighbouring properties downhill. The Dougie Mac store’s fire exit is currently blocked so as a precautionary measure the store will not be trading.
Heavy and persistent rain has affected parts of Staffordshire during September and a number of flood alerts are in place.
Head of Retail for Dougie Mac, Liz Clarke, said: “Due to circumstances beyond our control we are sorry that we are currently unable to serve the local community as usual in our Cheadle store. However, the safety of our staff and volunteers is paramount and as such we are unable to open for the time being.”
It is not currently known how long the shop will remain closed. The closure could cost the hospice thousands of pounds per week in lost revenue.
Liz Clarke continued: “Every day the shops are unable to open is another day of lost trade for local businesses. This is concerning for us as it means we are unable to contribute towards the funds the hospice needs for the ongoing care of patients with life-limiting illnesses.”
“We kindly ask local people to save their much-needed donations until we are back up and running.”
A number of other shops are reportedly affected and have had damage caused by the landslide