Martin’s the newsagents in Station Approach has been closed for Health and Safety reasons this morning.

The Station Approach newsagents “Martin’s” has not been able to open for business this morning following the discovery of “structural problems” in the building.

Contractors were examining the premises yesterday prior to the start of scheduled renovation work – but this morning the building has been taped off along with a section of the pavement outside.

A notice posted on the door of Martin’s this morning

Although consignments of newspapers were delivered to Martin’s first thing this morning – and staff  reported for duty as usual , it’s evidently now been decided to close the premises pending further examination of the structural problems

The shop is next door to the long-established taxi-operator K-Tax which is not in any way affected by the emergency closure.

The Royal Buildings premises were constructed by Frederick Speed in 1890

Martin’s say they intend to re-open “as soon as possible” – but the closure will inconvenience scores of commuters who buy newspapers at the shop en route to Penarth railways station.

The nearest newsagent to the station is now A B Snell and Son in Stanwell Road. The Penarth branch of “Martin’s” is one of the 474 newsagents  owned by the huge McColl Retail Group which operates 1,347 convenience and newsagent stores across the UK .

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