Angry market traders are demanding answers from a Preston-based landlord, over claims they were given just 24 hours notice to move out.
HBS Shopping Village, in Victoria Road West, Cleveleys, was closed on Monday and the premises is set to be replaced by the budget store Poundland in December.
But traders, including some from Preston , claim they only received a phone call from landlord Salim Patel on Saturday telling them to move their stock out of the building by Monday morning.
Sam Abdul of Preston, who runs the Javid women’s shoes stall, said: “We can’t move that quickly after being here 14 years, it’s unreasonable.
“It seems that he struck up this deal with Poundland six months ago, but didn’t tell any of us about it.”
Traders said they will now take legal action in a bid to serve out a notice period.
But landlord Mr Patel said traders were given plenty of warning about the closure.
He said: “Warnings that the market was closing have been given to everybody for a long time, and details have been posed on planning portals.
“All the procedures have been followed through, and we have acted responsibly with tenants, who were given opportunity to vacate before we had to evict.
“I feel that people have turned a blind eye and hoped that it would never happen.”
He added: “We are still willing to allow people into the market to collect stock.
“We are being reasonable, when really I should be taking action against the people putting my contact details all over Twitter.”