Ten jobs will be lost with the closure of Mothercare in Bury St Edmunds which shuts on October 20 after some 40 years in town.
Now stakeholders in the town are being urged to get together after the bank holiday to look at ways to breathe a new lease life into the area.
The business has been operating for around 40 years in the town, it is understood, with one of the current staff having served for 17 years and another for 13 years.
“It is such a shame it is closing. But there you go, it is life,” said a member of staff.
“We are part of the community. It will be sad to go,” said another.
No-one at Mothercare’s head office in Watford has been available to comment.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of the ourburystedmunds Business Improvement District (BID) group, said the closure should be used to promote a positive case for the town as a shopping centre.
Mr Cordell said: “It is disappointing to hear the news of the Mothercare closure. We now need to try to get a new tenant. We need to be more proactive.”
Nearby is the former Officers Club, which has been closed for some time, as well as some others.
Mr Cordell wants to set up a meeting with local authorities, the Bury Town Team and his own organisation to discuss ways to add to the promotion of the town.
“I want to use this opportunity for the Town Team and the key authorities to come up with ideas for attracting new tenants.”
“When Bury is doing so well it is the right time for us to attract new tenants.”