THORNTONS this week joined the growing list of big high street names moving out of Rotherham town centre.
The chocolates chain will close its All Saints’ Square branch on Saturday.
The news comes a week after Holland and Barrett announced it was leaving Rotherham Interchange next month for a larger unit at Parkgate Shopping and three weeks after Poundstretcher shut its Bridgegate branch.
Discount clothing chain Primark will leave High Street in September and is also bound for Parkgate.
Thorntons insisted it would try to safeguard staff jobs.
A spokeswoman said: “Like any retailer, we are continuously reviewing our store estate to ensure we are in the locations that meet our customer needs.
“As a result of such a review, the decision was taken to close our store in Rotherham.
“Currently, four members of staff are employed at the store but we will try our utmost to redeploy them to nearby stores.”
Thorntons has South Yorkshire branches at Meadowhall, Sheffield and Mexborough.