CUSTOMERS at an Accrington hairdresser's and beauty salon were left high and dry when it closed after just a few weeks following a heated row between tenants and their landlord which led to police being called.
The Urban Retreat on Whalley Road, Accrington, opened on 15 October in a blaze of publicity.
The shop contained a downstairs hairdresser's run by Natalie Smith and Joanne Dodds and a beauty and holistic therapy service upstairs, run by Tracey Jones and Gary Brown.
But they have now moved out following a dispute with landlord Steve Goodwin.
And both sides have offered vastly differing views of why the business has closed down.
Natalie Smith, 22, of Burnley Road, Accrington, said: "Steve came over to collect £1,000 as a bond. It wasn't in the contract but we were still going to give it to him.
"My mum wrote out a receipt. He then said we were behind with the rent but we had agreed to pay one week up front.
"We told him to take £900 and forget the bond as it was not in the contract.
"He went mad and started swearing. He then turned the electricity off and told us to give him the money.
"The police were called and Steve said we had until 5pm to get out.
"We are absolutely devastated as we have lost the business. It has been horrible and I have not been able to sleep. I am very upset."
She added that she is looking to start up again at Angela Kay's Beauty and Skincare Centre on Water Street, Accrington.
Defending himself, Mr Goodwin said: "I went over to collect £1,000 from the hairdresser's but they didn't want to give it to me.
"There was a scuffle and I did tell them to get out in the heat of the moment.
"I admit I turned the electricity off by removing a fuse but I was angry because I had been waiting for nearly an hour.
"I never told the people upstairs to leave, they went of their own accord.
"Now I just want to let the whole matter drop. They are welcome to come back if they want to."
He added that he was now looking to either re-let or sell the shop.
Both sides admit police were called but officers at Accrington said they had no record of the incident.