A much-loved fast food eatery in Marlow is set to close its doors due to “escalating” rents in the town centre.
Wimpy, in the High Street, will close at the end of the year and the building has been listed for sale for offers in excess of £1.5 million.
A Wimpy spokesman said the burger joint would not be renewing its current lease and is looking for a new premises within the town, where its headquarters are also based.
It added that all the staff based at the Marlow branch will be offered jobs at other Wimpy restaurants.
The building has been listed for sale for the first time in 30 years, according to Savills.
The spokesman said: “We know that Wimpy Marlow has many fond memories for local families, some of whom went there as teenagers themselves and now bring their own children.
“The lease on the building has come to an end and, given that town centre rents have been escalating considerably over the last five years, we took the difficult decision to close the doors.
“We recognise this is very disappointing and would like to thank both our hard-working staff and also our loyal customers.
“We are very proud of Wimpy as a traditional British brand and, if we can find an alternative location at a more reasonable rent, then we would definitely consider bringing Wimpy back to Marlow.
“In the meantime, as part of our ongoing expansion programme, we are also actively looking for new franchisees and for other suitable premises in other towns in and around this area.”
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Source: Local Bucks