Two shops sold, but another faces closure

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ASHINGTON’S Clinton Cards store is under threat of closure after failing to find a buyer.

The Station Road shop is one of 330 not bought by Lakeshore Lending.

However, it was not one of the 43 stores closed on Friday, raising a glimmer of hope that another buyer can be found.

The two other Clinton Cards stores in south east Northumberland, in Blyth and Morpeth, are among 400 facing a more optimistic future after being bought by Lakeshore Lending, a subsidiary of American Greetings, the firm that put the chain into administration in the first place after buying its debts.

The Ashington shop remains under the control of administrator Zolfo Cooper, and the firm is continuing to invite expressions of interest in taking it over.