OUTDOOR clothing retailer Mountain Warehouse is to close its store at intu Merry Hill - just eight months after opening.

The retailer, which sells outdoor gear for hardened adventurers and amateurs alike, opened a 1,200 sq ft store on the lower mall back in February much to the delight of outdoors lovers.

But the clothing store is now expected to close in the new year, intu has confirmed.

A spokesman for intu Merry Hill said: “We’re sorry to hear that Mountain Warehouse is expecting to leave the centre in the new year and we wish their staff well.

"We are always working hard to keep our store line-up fresh at intu Merry Hill and have already welcomed a number of new stores to the centre over the last few months, including fashion favourite Apricot and independent store The Chuckling Cheese Company.

"Mothercare will be returning and operating within Boots shortly and we’re also excited to see Bon Pan Asia restaurant opening its doors in the near future too.”