AN ANGRY customer has slammed an opticians which closed without warning, leaving him unable to retrieve his £200 pair of designer glasses.
Philip Holden, 50, of Somerset Road, Rishton, needed a new pair of glasses after scratching his old ones.
So his brother Paul gave him a pair of his designer Giorgio Armani glasses and Mr Holden took them to Super Specs on Broadway, Accrington, to get new lenses put in.
But after handing over £5 at the counter, Mr Holden was stunned a few days later when he saw the shop had closed down, leaving his glasses trapped inside.
Mr Holden, a caretaker at St Wulstan's Primary School, Great Harwood, said: "I left them there for repair on 14 November and by the following Monday there was a note in the window saying they had closed down.
"I looked through the window but there was no sign of anything. I went back every day and I even put a letter through the letter box, but I haven't heard anything.
"As far as I'm concerned it's stealing and I am very annoyed about what has happened to me. I needed the glasses for driving and for watching television because I am short-sighted."
The shop, which occupied a unit in Accrington's Arndale Centre, is now being investigated by both Lancashire Trading Standards and London estate agents Colliers CRE which sub-lets the building.
A spokesman for Colliers said the firm was still trying to trace David Duane and Sandra Duane, the company's directors.
Julian Edwards, of Lancashire Trading Standards, said: "People should put a complaint in writing and send it to the company's address.
"People can also log an official complaint with us by ringing 01772-533573."