Fifty people have been left out of work after a pottery company, which recorded a 20% increase in sales this year, closed its shop in Dorset.
A message on the store window reads: "Closed until further notice"
Managers at Poole Pottery Store, Poole Quay, said despite UK and export sales rising, declining business at the shop prompted them to shut it on Thursday.
A Poole Pottery spokesman said 15 of the posts being axed were full-time. The others are thought to be part-time.
Poole council said it was sad the job cuts came so close to Christmas.
'Concern for workforce'
Poole Pottery was founded by a builder's merchant and ironmonger in 1873 and remains at its original site.
Jeffrey Zemmel, managing director, and Roy Simmons, chairman, said they were committed to ensuring the manufacturing side of the business survived.
The Poole Pottery Store had been due to move to the town's Dolphin Quays early in 2007.
A message on the store window reads: "Closed until further notice".
John McBride, of Poole Borough Council, said: "Our principal concern is for the workforce and their families, particularly as this announcement has been made so close to Christmas."