High street retailer, C&A once an important of the British shopping scene, has finally shut up shop in the UK.

The famous store, part of the country's shopping institution for more than 75 years, closed the doors of its Hounslow branch yesterday.

The cheap-and-cheerful retailer announced in June last year that it was shutting all its British and Irish shops.

Sources say a disastrous plan to centralise buying in Dusseldorf and Brussels was one of the final nails in the coffin for the popular store.

The plan failed to take into account the differences in taste among customers in the 12 countries it supplied.

The Hounslow store was among the last in the 109-strong chain to close, along with a store in Bradford, Yorkshire.

C&A has managed to carry out its closure policy successfully - it has relet around 80 per cent of its bow-empty stores to retailers like Next, New Look and Allders.