Scottish footwear retailer William Mason has ceased trading, citing difficult economic conditions and poor weather.
The 140-year-old East Lothian-based business, which has branches in Dunbar, North Berwick and two shops in Haddington, has struggled after four “horrific” seasons of trading.
The business, Scotland’s longest-standing shoefitter, has now closed its Dunbar and Haddington stores and is selling the remaining stock from the North Berwick shop, which it intends to shut next week.
Joint owner Hamish Mason said: “The slow economic trading environment and not getting seasonal product in at the right time hit us. We’re fulfilling our arrangements to pay suppliers and will close our last shop next week.”
Mason said he and fellow co-owner Sarah Mason, who have worked in the business for 37 and 25 years respectively, are “open to other opportunities” and would like to continue working in the footwear industry.
“We are open to offers. It would be a shame not to use our experience in the industry in the future,” he added.
Brands stocked in William Mason included Barkers, Van Dal and Gabor.