A POPULAR homeware, clothing and furniture chain is offering huge discounts as part of its closing down sale.

Laura Ashley is selling off stock at its Colchester, Basildon, Chelmsford and Rayleigh stores in a bid to clear stock before closure.

Everything is at least 40 per cent off at the stores, with 50 per cent off furniture, lighting and bedding.

Half price womenswear and fashion accessories are available and ready-made curtains have 60 per cent off.

The firm says stores are Covid secure and adhere to a strict policy of social distancing with a limited number of shoppers allowed in-store at any time, as well as regular deep cleaning.

Card payments are encouraged.

Laura Ashley began in the 1950s, quickly becoming famous for its unique printed fabrics.

Over time, the brand grew to become the household name of today, synonymous with quality fashion, interiors and home furnishings.

The stores will continue to trade until further notice.

A spokesman for Laura Ashley said: “With 50 per cent off all furniture, customers can find some beautiful, quality pieces at an amazing price.

"Furniture has proved popular since the sale began, so if you’re looking for a particular item, be sure to check online as well as in store for your best chance.

"We expect the range to sell fast at half price.”

Visit lauraashley.com.