NEWS that Burnham’s oldest shop is to close this weekend after more than 125 years in business reflects the tough times we live in.

King and Hines has been a part of the town for three generations.

Now the way people shop – largely down to the internet – means the store is no longer viable.

Businesses have always had to move with the times.

But it’s still a sad loss when what has almost become an institution comes to an end.

Saturday will be an emotional day for owner Georgina Tatlow, whose grandfather opened the shop in 1893. It will be an emotional day for her customers too, most of whom she knew by name.

That sort of traditional service is now increasingly in danger of being lost.