A Preston chippy that has served customers since 1973 has been put on the market.
Umberto’s chippy, founded by Umberto Frediani, has operated in the city for more than 45 years.
The family-run business will be sorely missed by customers who have taken to social media to wish Umberto all the best for the future.
The Lancashire Evening Post was told by Umberto, ‘After nearly 50 years serving the people of Preston and beyond it’s time to take it a little easier.
‘It’s been a pleasure to meet so many customers, some who’ve become very good friends.’
The business has been placed on the market for around £625k.
He went on to say, ‘From early morning to the wee small hours the shop has attracted customers from across the city and across Lancashire.
‘We’ve even had calls on Christmas Day asking if we are open! I’m not going anywhere quickly so Preston will still get the same service it’s had for five decades.’
Employee Helen Kerfoot wrote on Facebook, ‘I love working in the chippy and am really going to miss both Aideen and Umberto when they eventually leave, let’s just hope the new boss is every bit as fantastic as these two have been to all us that work there, they both deserve a well-earned rest!’
Tim Longworth added, ‘Legend!!!! End of an Era. All the best to them. Always remember Saturdays after rugby and then late night uni pop-ins after work at the best chippy in town.’