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TIME is running out for a store popular amongst the professional runners of Bournemouth.

The Bournemouth branch of Sweatshop, a sporting goods chain with 19 branches in the UK, is set to close in mid-September.

Former competitive runner, Councillor Philip Stanley-Watts of Boscombe West, has spoken to the Echo about the closure of the store.

“It’s a real blow to the running community in Bournemouth; the staff themselves are keen runners and sports people who give genuine advice about the products they sell.

“It’s the only shop that caters to professional athletes in the area.”

Sweatshop was founded by former athlete Chris Brasher in 1971 has been affiliated with discount chain Sports Direct since 2014 when they became a majority shareholder.

Staff in the Albert Road store were unable to comment on the closure, yet it is believed that they will face redundancy or redistribution within the Sports Direct Company.

Spokespeople for both Sweatshop and Sports Direct are yet to comment.