OXFAM book and music shop on Bromsgrove's high street will close down next month.

The charity's decision to close the branch was made following an evaluation of the store's profitability, which found the shop was no longer viable.

Jo Mattinsley, Oxfam South Midlands area manager, said: "We truly regret the shop in Bromsgrove s closing. It marks the end of an era in the town.

“Oxfam is constantly evaluating the profitability of all our shops to ensure we're efficient and making the most money for Oxfam's vital work.

"Sometimes this process results in us having to close a shop if it isn’t found to be viable, but these decisions are always made with a heavy heart and are never taken lightly.

"We'd like to thank the staff and volunteers in Bromsgrove for all their hard work in the shop, and pass on our thanks to everyone in the town who has helped Oxfam over the years."

The store's last day of trading will be on December 9.

Branch manager Anne Orchard paid tribute to the many volunteers, donors and supporters who have come through the shop’s doors.

She said: “We'd like to thank all of the people who have helped us - our very loyal and hardworking volunteers and everyone else who has worked with us over the years, including those who have shopped with us and who have dropped off their much appreciated donations.

“A small team of volunteers and myself opened this shop 12 years ago and I’m really going to miss this place.

"We have regular customers who come in every week for a browse and a chat. After such a long time, our shop had become a little hub in the community.

"I’m proud of what we’ve all achieved in Bromsgrove and the local community should be too. Together we’ve raised over £160,000 to help Oxfam in the global fight against poverty and injustice."

Oxfam is urging Bromsgrove shoppers to continue supporting the charity online at oxfam.org.uk/shop.