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End of an era as clothes shop shuts its doors

ML Jennings, Ropergate, Pontefract. Closing after more than 80 years trading in the town.
Pictured: Current owner Hilda Tasker.
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ML Jennings, Ropergate, Pontefract. Closing after more than 80 years trading in the town. Pictured: Current owner Hilda Tasker. p308a411

It’s the end of an era for a Pontefract clothes shop as staff prepare to close the doors for the last time.

ML Jennings, on Ropergate, first started serving the shoppers of Pontefract more than 80 years ago.

But the store, which sells suits, dresses, hats and formal clothing, will close for good when current owner Hilda Tasker retires.

Mrs Tasker, 66, said: “It’s the end of an era. The shop has only had four different owners since it first opened in the 1930s.

“People don’t want me to go. They keep saying they’ll miss me.”

Mrs Tasker, who has run the store for 31 years, is still unsure when she will retire but thanked all of the shop’s customers for their support over the years.

She said service with a smile had been the key to the shop’s success.

She added: “I think we’ve always been friendly with customers and have always taken the time to make sure they are happy.

“I’ve had a lot of returning customers over the years and I’d really like to thank them all.”

The business was started by Mary Jennings in the late 1930s. She was succeeded by a Miss Huddlestone and then Beryl Shaw, before Mrs Tasker took on the business in 1983.

Mrs Shaw still works part-time in the shop.

Mrs Tasker added: “The business has only ever had four owners in more than 80 years and all of them have taken on Mary’s name.

“It has become a very well known shop in the town and it really is the end of an era.”

 

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