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Five hour queues in Bromley High Street as EW Payne clearance sale begins

PUBLISHED: 10:05 20 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:13 20 June 2013

EW Payne announced its closure after 103 years open in Bromley town centre.

EW Payne announced its closure after 103 years open in Bromley town centre.

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Bargain hunters queued for up to five hours on Saturday morning as Bromley's oldest store began the first weekend of its closing down sale.

The line outside EW Payne, in Bromley High Street, is thought to have reached around 50 metres on both Saturday and Sunday, as shoppers came from far afield to find jewellery discounted by up to 60 per cent.

Store director, Nick Stanhope, said: “The success of the first weekend speaks volumes for the reputation of EW Payne and althought we are very sad that the store has to close, we are delighted with the success so far of the closing down sale.

“Even after this first weekend we still have over £2.5million of stock to clear.”

The closure of the store, still run by the family of founder Ernest Payne, has been blamed on the recession. Recent attempts to modernise the shop and attract big brands failed, including the introduction of an upstairs champagne bar.

EW Payne is set to close next month.

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