A BOOTS store in the New Forest is set to close down permanently in the summer.

The operation in St Thomas Street, Lymington, will cease trading in or around August, however, the company will maintain a presence in the town with stores nearby in High Street, as well as pharmacies in Waitrose in Southampton Road and by the doctor's practice in Wisteria Court.

Staff at the store that is closing will be offered other roles within the company.

A Boots UK spokeswoman said: “At Boots UK, we continually review our store locations to make sure they are where our customers need us most.

"We can confirm that we have plans to close our store on St Thomas Street, Lymington and this is expected to happen around August.

"We have another store on the high street which is around a 2 minute walk away.

"The store team have been made aware of the plans and will be offered jobs at the nearby Boots stores.”