A BANGOR-on-Dee business that has been running for 140 years has closed its doors for the final time.

J. Johnson and Son, upholsterers and makers of traditional wicker baskets and furniture, closed at the weekend in response to a difficult year of trading.

The business, which has been in the same family for four generations, cite rising costs making the business unfeasible.

The owners have taken the approach of jumping before being pushed, opting to end on a high note, rather than be forced into administration.

Part owner of the business, June Johnson, said: “Because of the recession, customers can’t afford the furniture any more. The demand is there, but the money isn’t.

“Customers are having cushions re-done, but they’re not buying furniture.

“Suppliers, wages, business rates, they’ve all effectively doubled over the last few years. All of that has a cumulative effect.

“It’s a pity because it’s quite a unique business really, but it’s out of our hands.

“There’s basically only two members of staff left. We haven’t got any youngsters coming through as there’s not really any incentive. It’s a seven day job but they can make the same money working five days.

“I’d just like to thank all of our customers. In this environment, when the big boys can’t make it, the little companies don’t stand a chance.”

Jane Johnson added: “We’ve done well to last this long really. Around 20 businesses related to what we do have gone into liquidation.

“We’re not just closing. A local business with a lot of history, that will be a loss to the village.”

The owners of J. Johnson and Son now plan to have their works on display at an exhibition at Bangor-on-Dee village hall later this year and will donate the old machinery to Wrexham museum.