AN online advert has sparked fears WHSmith is set to close its Barrow store.

A commercial property listing on Zoopla by agents Lambert Smith Hampton states the Portland Walk store is available for rent with an annual rate of £85,000.

Despite the fact the advert is published online and can be accessed by anyone, it includes a note stating the property is confidentially available as 'staff are unaware'.

The Mail has approached WHSmith for a comment.