The Allders department store in Leeds - once reputed to be the biggest outside London - closes down on Sunday.
Allders went into administration in January this year
The firm went into administration in January and the city centre store has been handed back to its landlords for a new development.
Store director Ken Baldwin said it was a sad day as the store had been part of his life for many years.
He said: "It is a difficult day. We have people who have worked here since they left school,".
The store, in Headrow, was built in 1931.
Mr Baldwin added: "It is part of the heritage in Leeds and a landmark building.
"I think the outside of the building will be left as it is but I would think the inside would be gutted.
"There is a large brass staircase and marble floors that are irreplaceable."