An increase in sales made via the internet has forced three companies to leave their premises in Milnthorpe.
Swinton Insurance, based in the square, Arnold Greenwood Solicitors, in Church Street, and Bob Parratt Countrywear, situated on Beetham Road, are pulling out of the village as the majority of their business now comes from customers placing orders online.
Mr Parratt said the shop would be rented out and the clothing retailer relocated to a warehouse on an industrial estate, from where website orders will be shipped. He said most of the company’s sales now came from its online arm, not the shop. The current site is divided into the store and a cafe and a new business - the Olive Tree Cafe - is set to move in within weeks.
Swinton Insurance is to merge with the neighbouring Kendal branch, as is Arnold Greenwood. A Swinton spokesman said: “The Milnthorpe lease is up in November and it was decided to merge with Swinton’s Kendal branch, which will now be able to provide a better service to customers throughout the area.”
Danielle Walls, from Arnold Greenwood, said: “People are using the internet more which means we don’t have to have a base in Milnthorpe - we can serve everyone from our Kendal office.”