Changing times and changing signs: The old Fourways frontage ends up in the skip as the new Spar convenience-store signage is installed. The shop will carry on selling newspapers though.

Conversion work is now well under way on changing the well-known independent town-centre newsagents Fourways into a Spar convenience store. 

Fourways proprietor John Gough closed the shop for the last time on March 11th as he stepped down from running the business, which has now been taken over by his son James and his business-partner Lloyd Howell.

The “Fourways News” name survives on the new signage as a footnote

The shop is due to re-open under  the branding of the Spar chain on March 24th and will retain the newspaper sales –  and newspaper deliveries, which are continuing uninterrupted during the change-over period under John Gough’s personal supervision .

His son James Gough is a familiar figure to Fourways customers as he was often to be seen working at the Glebe St shop before he began running his own business. He and Lloyd already own the Spar store at Lavernock and James also has another Spar store in Barry

The Fourways shop has the distinction of being amongst the premises in Penarth which were badly damaged when bombed by the Luftwaffe during WW2.

John Gough says in a note to customers pasted on the window “I thank you all for your custom at Fourways News over the years and sincerely hope you continue to stay with, embrace the change and the well-needed shop refit.”   



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  1. Jim says:

    That Spar logo is so tacky-looking.
    Glebe Street was starting to look quite nice with Fauvette, Anne Morgan, Sew Lovely, The Crepe Escape, that blinds place.
    This is taking it back down the City Road kebab route.

  2. Dizzydeb says:

    This lowers the tone of the street!! Couldn’t Spar come up wire a better sign than this!! As if we need another food store anyway:-((

  3. Marcia says:

    Quite dreadful, and it’s going to attract people buying fags and lottery tickets and two-for-ones on tubes of Pringles.

  4. Eyes and Ears says:

    I Love this site when something different happens. Complete overreactions. Dizzydeb ” As if we need another food store anyway:-(( ” You do realise its not another as there was one already. Marcia clearly not a fan of those smoking pringle eaters.

    Good luck to the new owner. Ignore the moaners.

  5. Louise says:

    Let’s hope they manage this one better than the Spar near Cosmeston. Within months the new owners had closed the post office service. The staff don’t appear to have any leadership and struggle with till problems and wrong pricing. It’s a shambles compared with how it used to be run by Bill and Justine.

  6. CoexistinPenarth says:

    Oh my goodness what snobs we have on this page! I agree it doesn’t look as pretty as some of the other shop fronts but it is a business like any other providing jobs and another place to shop. Lets stop all the negativity, the world is bad enough as it is without feeling the need to be unpleasant about people who buy pringles!

  7. I absolutely agree with Dizzydeb this dashed thing lowers the tone of ones street one needs more respectful shops and signs on ones street, dontcha! know!, not a bally Spar. Why didn’t they put a bally shop by those Waitrose chappies? on the street instead? , they are far superior! as my close friend Percival will agree.

  8. 92 and a social butterfly says:

    oh good a place to get my Lambrusco

    • Marcella says:

      and to put a few tins of pineapple chunks in the pockets of my astrakhan coat. 🙂

  9. Marcella the Welsh sense of humour is a strange beast and a hard to find one , first you must discover if it exists at all in your neck of the woods and then if its mature enough to recognise humour when they see or hear it. And if they don’t understand it or should I say the sort you are employing , they will just circle the wagons and either ignore you or take pot shots at you , indicating your the one at fault not them.

    • Marcella says:

      Yes, Andrew, I agree, but don’t let the po-faced party poopers spoil the fun. With all the woe in the world, I find PDN a one-stop shop for hilarity – just think, in the past few days alone, we’ve had pics of Nicki Page trapped in her car, fraught diners caught up in a community meeting, and gurning tidal experts, we’ve had people taking Pringles comments and alleged garage/workshops seriously, and what about Ian Perry’s images of outdoor gyms? I still haven’t forgotten your comments on the town’s eateries and your recent contribution on the Pilot Four keeps me awake at night, laughing away at the ceiling in darkness. This place is an absolute tonic, I’m telling you.

    • Frederique says:

      I beg to differ, Andrew. It’s my experience that there is a surfeit of strange beasts in Penarth.

  10. Paul says:

    Better than empty shop

      • Couldnt agree more – whilst its sounds great to have an abundence of interesting local independents the reality is there are going to be a large percentage of small indie shops that the people of any town have not been in – yet the Tescos / Spars of this world at some point will see nearly everyone.
        Talk is cheap and throwing stomes is easy hence people do it freely online but those people are often the least likley to put themselves out there and do something.
        im a proud supporter of indies as i am one but a lot of “chains” provide jobs and thats a win.
        if people voted with their feet and actually shopped as they talked towns wouldnt be full of chains or charity shops.

  11. I agree with you Frederique I find that too , what I do know is the fact that some residents of Penarth , usually the born and bred ones deem their opinions and their brand of humour!!! is/are the correct one at all times , if you don’t ‘get it’ your the odd man out not the rest , a bit like a gentle mans club from early last century, you end up being that strange chap or an interloper or at least made to feel that way.

    • Bernadette says:

      Who in their right mind would want to be part of their club, Andrew?
      I’ve always found it something of a compliment to be considered “strange” or an “interloper”, especially by that sort.
      Far better to be an outlier in The Busy Teapot, I say.
      Don’t let Camus down now and keep posting.
      We etrangers need to stick together 🙂

  12. Peter Church says:

    I hope the tatty bit of card in the window returns….
    “Wanted Paper Boys and Paper Girls.”

    What use would they be with the fecking rain in Penarth 🙂

  13. What are you on about Peter Church? that tatty bit of card was more genuine than some mechanical ‘whatsamacallit ‘ that chaps seem to favour nowadays. I’m much more at home with the real thing dontcha know and im bally sure as eggs is eggs that the ordinary working class chappie and his better half love the plain and simple things not an internetty generated abomination.

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