The owner of a Cornish DIY shop says he will close it if he is unable to sell the business as a going concern.
DIY Stores in Falmouth was established in the late 1950s by the father of current owner Bernie Blight. He now runs it with his wife Tania, and has clocked up a total of 47 years behind the counter.
However, he now wants to sell the business, which offers a variety of services along with the product offer, including locksmithing, key cutting, picture framing and paint mixing, and says he will help train anyone wanting to take it on. A flat above the shop could also be included in the sale.
Mr Blight told diyweek.net that he had already had two unsatisfactory offers, which he had refused, and that the business might have to be shut down.
"Because I own the freehold, I'll close it down and sell the building empty," he said. "Freehold properties in Falmouth are very difficult to get hold of. If nothing is finalised by April I'll sell everything out."
He said he was selling up because "I don't want to be here another 47 years, do I!"
The selling agent for DIY Stores is Beardsley Theobalds.