WHITEHAVEN is set to say goodbye to two of its town centre shops.

GAME on King Street in the town has confirmed that it will close its doors for good on October 28 after 15 years.

It will join forces with the GAME Workington branch by taking up space in Sports Direct in Workington.

A tweet from GAME Whitehaven said: "To all our loyal customers over the last 15 years, we are moving with GAME Workington into Sports Direct at the end of the month. Unfortunately, we will close on the 28th.

"All your pre-orders for Xbox series S/X and PS5 will be there for you on launch day."

Many customers posted their sadness at the news on their Twitter page.

Jack Keyland tweeted: "Been a loyal Whitehaven branch customer since moving to Cumbria and now feel empty that Whitehaven is becoming a ghost town with nothing in it anymore. Shame to see. Good luck to all staff."

Fellow customer Michael Inman tweeted: "Sad news for the staff and town, I've been going to the shop for years and bought all my consoles - normally at 12am."

Staff member Dave tweeted to customers: "The store is moving but a lot of us staff are off on to experience new life adventures. To all those customers who not only come to shop but also for the banter, thanks for making the job even more fun. It's the end of an era, but what a good era."

The Whitehaven News did not receive a comment from GAME. The British Heart Foundation's furniture store on King Street has also closed.

Phil Dent, Regional Director at the charity, said: "After over nine years of business in the area, sadly the BHF Whitehaven Home Store closed on Saturday. We did not take this decision lightly, however in recent times the store has seen a significant reduction in customer spend and footfall. At the BHF we do not take a short-term view on the profitability of a shop or store, and this decision was made prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We would like to thank our wonderful staff, volunteers, customers and donors for all their amazing support over the years in helping us raise millions for heart research and would urge the local community to still bear us in mind if they are having a clear-out.

"You can donate smaller pre-loved items at our Whitehaven shop or via our freepost service, or for homewares and furniture, head to our home store in Workington. Customers can shop online with us at our BHF eBay store. Each item bought or donated goes towards helping the BHF raise vital funds for lifesaving heart research."