The future of long-standing department store in the town is unknown after its premises has been put up for sale.

Lilliput Textiles and Home Store at 56-58 East Street has been put up for sale on Symonds and Sampson, along with two large apartments, with a guide price of £1.25million.

It is described as a ‘well established retail site in Bridport’s town centre’.

The property is up for sale due to the owners wanting to retire.

Lillie Foster, owner and director or Lilliput, said: “After starting and running Lilliput for over 36 years, this is a retirement sale, sadly we do not know what will happen to it when we sell.

“The business has been very busy since we opened after lockdown and we have been pleased to see all customers, including long-standing customers, return.

“Ryan Holmes of Symonds and Sampson is marketing the properties for us but in the meantime, we have lots of bargains and a sale and it will be business as usual.”

Lilliput’s has been operating since 1985 and in the East Street building since 2005.

Ryan Holmes, of Symonds and Sampson, said: “Symonds and Sampson has been asked to sell the property and, obviously Lilliput’s being a bridport institution, Lillie Foster who owns Lilliput’s has said it would be really nice if she could sell the business and property all in one. We are not quoting any price for the business.

“We have had interest in the property and have organised some viewings this week.”