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Austins  of Derry: Political and business leaders have said  the closure of the store, which was older than its world famous counterparts Macys or Harrods, represents a sad  end for one of the city’s retail forefathers. Photograph:  Trevor McBride

The closure of the historic Derry department store, Austins, which first opened its doors in 1830 and was older than its world famous counterparts M(...)

Austins has been suffering a decline in sales for almost 20 years due to a combination of competition from online shopping and currency fluctuations between the euro and sterling. File photograph: Google Street View

Austins of the Diamond in Derry, thought to be the oldest independently owned retail store in the world, closed its doors to the public on Tuesday wit(...)