CLOSING down signs have gone up outside Sports Direct's premises in Darlington.

The company has a large store in East Street in the town.

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One employee when asked said it would be 'months' before the closure went ahead.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is Sports Direct's chief executive.

The Northern Echo is trying to contact the company for further information.

This is the latest in a series of store closures in Darlington.

Argos closed its Skinnergate store and moved to Sainsburys, while Starbucks closed its town centre cafe on Northgate. Hairdresser Toni & Guy also closed its doors on Posthouse Wynd.

It's not all been closures though. Dunelm is preparing to open a major new development near Morton Park