Members of the public have been left disappointed and bewildered after another high street giant is set to leave Slough.

WHSmith has announced it will be closing its shop and accompanying Post Office on May 11, after its lease renewal was said to be "unsustainable".

A WHSmith spokesperson said: "It is no longer sustainable to continue to trade from this location and the decision has been taken to close the store as a result of the forthcoming lease expiry.  

"We are disappointed to be losing our presence in this location and we would like to thank all our customers for their support and for shopping with us.

"We are also extremely grateful for the commitment of our in-store colleagues who we will support with this transition and redeploy to nearby stores, where possible.”

The news has been met with upset residents venting their frustrations on social media.

Alison Woods said: "Where is the Post Office going to be now? The town is finished."

Vikas Rahi agrees. "So the town centre will be now without a Post Office. How shameful is that? Another nail in the coffin for the town centre."

"If Smiths think it's unviable, what hope is there for the rest?" asked Irene Carlo.

Others have fears over where less abled family members will be able to buy their items and use Post Office services.

Danielle Louise Walker said: "There is nothing left in slough no more. It used to be a lovely town to shop in."

Kam Singh said Uxbridge is seeing a similar pattern of hiked leases and store closures, in turn causing a "domino effect" on other stores as footfall drops.

Kam added: "The owners of the buildings are shooting themselves in the foot for short-term financial gain."

Keith Holloway agrees stating: "Surely this is not just a loss for our High Street but very much for the leaseholders, I can't believe they could not have come to a mutually beneficial arrangement."

Many now fear that Boots will be the next to shut up shop on the High Street.

It is unknown what the WHSmiths unit will be used for in future.

Sonya Brooks fears: "It’s another place gone to be replaced with another building that we don’t need, like a takeaway."