VINTAGE GARDEN STORE “CHRIS CAPUS” TO CLOSE THIS WEEKEND

The Chris Capus seed, petfood and garden products shop is part of the character of Glebe St

The Chris Capus seed, petfood and garden products shop is part of the character of Glebe St

A classic Penarth landmark store –  the Chris Capus seed merchant’s and pet-food shop in Glebe St – is to close for the last time this Saturday (August 1st 2015).

The shop and the first floor accommodation (which has planning permission for two small apartments)  has been sold through estate agents Peter Alan by Mr John Gough  and his business partner.

The Chris Capus shop with its colourful pot plants always provided a splash of colour and variety in Glebe St

The Chris Capus shop with its colourful pot plants always provided a splash of colour and variety in Glebe St

Mr Gough runs the Fourway newsagents immediately across the road in  Glebe St and became involved in Chris Capus 10 years ago when he rescued it from imminent closure .

He says there is still a steady demand for the products supplied by the shop but its understood that, under the new ownership, it will not be re-opening in the same line of business and the familiar “Chris Capus” name will go.

The Chris Capus shop in Glebe St.

The Chris Capus shop in Glebe St always had colourful displays of bedding plants and was the “go-to” shop for birdhouses .

The vintage shop – with its classic budgerigar-seed adverts – is little changed since it was first established many years ago.  It has been such a distinctive part of the scene in Glebe Street it has been the subject of many photographs and paintings and even appeared on Christmas cards. It was built between 1851 and 1861.,

Mr Gough will continue to run Fourways the well-known newsagents in Glebe St . As previously reported on PDN his son James Gough and business-partner Lloyd Howell have recently acquired the popular Spar store at Brockhill Rise, Penarth.

 

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7 Responses to VINTAGE GARDEN STORE “CHRIS CAPUS” TO CLOSE THIS WEEKEND

  1. Brickie says:

    Sad to see it go. I hope the replacement is sympathetic to the area and not another ghastly shop front like some of them along that stretch.

  2. robert donaldson says:

    FRIENDS OF DINGLE PARK, say thank you John, for your kind sponsorship.

  3. Tim Gould says:

    Very sad, I bought a rabbit hutch for my small dog a few years back.
    Don’t ask….long story!

  4. Titan says:

    We must need another charity shop to complete the set.

  5. David says:

    Lovely shop, lovely owners, will be sorely missed, especially by my Labrador.

  6. John64 says:

    While it is sad to see a local “landmark” shop go, times do move on and I’m sure John (Gough) is making the decision for sound business reasons. I only hope that the original Victorian shop front, the only one left in the street, is kept. Is the shop in the conservation area? I do hope so that it is afforded that little extra protection but then we still have to rely on the planners!

  7. Penarffiffian says:

    They told a gent today who was buying some stuff that they weren’t closing. Did I mishear my eavesdropping? I hope not, I love that store and have bought many diverse items there over the years.

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