Popular cosmetics retailer Lush has announced its closing its store on Sauchiehall Street after trading in the area for 16 years.

The retailer, who is famed for their bath bombs, made the announcement on the social media website Facebook.

A post said: "After much consideration, the decision has been made to close our Lush Sauchiehall Street store.

"We remain focused on exploring new opportunities to elevate the sensory shopping experience across the UK and, as we review future investment options, we look forward to continuing our presence in Glasgow and relationship with the local community through our Buchanan Street, Glasgow Fort and Braehead stores."

The store will cease trading on Sunday, June 30 and it is understoood that Lush is working with the 23 employees affected.

The statement added: "Lush Sauchiehall Street will remain open until our last trading day, Sunday, June 30 and we’re currently exploring opportunities within the local Lush stores and wider Lush business for the 23 employees at this store.

"We’ve enjoyed 16 happy years at our Sauchiehall Street location and want to extend a heartfelt thanks to all who have visited the shop during this time.

"We have loved serving you and have really appreciated all of your passion and enthusiasm for our brand and products over the years."

Shocked customers took to social media after the announcement was made yesterday.

One said: "Totally gutting. By far my favourite store. Sauchiehall Street is in such desperate need for care. So sad the company has walked away."

Another added: "Thats a shame, I'm really sorry to hear it. I hope all the staff get relocated."

The retailer is the latest to pull out of ailing Sauchiehall Street with Dunnes, Schuh and Vodafone closing in recent years. 

Last year, most of the area was cordoned off after the Glasgow School of Art and Sauchiehall Street fires putting several businesses out of operation while work was ongoing to make the blaze-hit buildings safe.