The Hitchin property that formerly housed Merryfields newsagents is now "under offer", the listing agent has revealed.

16/17 Sun Street has stood vacant since 2021 when the store closed, and was on the market with a guide price of £725,000.

Listing estate agent Norgans has now confirmed an offer has been put in to buy the property, but they did not confirm whether it was for business or residential use, with the "rear converted to a two-storey, one-bedroom residential unit".

"We are delighted that this iconic Hitchin building is now under offer," read a post on their Facebook page.

"16/17 Sun Street sits at the heart of Hitchin's conservation area and historic town centre.

"It has been a landmark building for centuries and for the past few decades has been both owned and occupied by the Merryfield family."

Merryfields closed back in 2021 after more than 60 years in business, and the unit has been unoccupied ever since.

"This newsagents is now closed," reads a message in the window of the Sun Street unit.

"Merryfields would like to thank you for your custom. There are no valuables left on this property."

In recent weeks, art has appeared in the window of the unit, which could provide a hint towards its future.