The popular “Spar” convenience supermarket at Brockhill Rise, Cosmeston, Penarth is changing hands.
The franchised Spar-branded business was taken over in 2015 by James Gough (28) and his business partner Lloyd Howell (28) in 2015. They are both directors of a private company called “Celestia Retail Ltd” – the registered office of which is at the Brockhill Rise store.
However PDN sources say the store is now in the process of being acquired by the Spar group itself and will be run directly by the group when arrangements are complete.
The store remains open but there are large gaps on many of the shelves as the level of stock is progressively run down. A notice is being displayed on the main entrance of the shop explaining that the store is now closing at 18:00 hours because of “Stock shortage” .
Before Mr Gough and Mr Howell took it over, the Spar store and its post office – a lifeline for hundreds of local residents – was owned by Bill & Justine Blunsdon who retired in 2015 after 15 years of serving the community.
The sub-Post Office in the store closed in January last year . Last year James Gough said the sub-post office at Brockhill Rise hadn’t “actually closed” but had “stopped at the moment temporarily “.. In fact it never re-opened.
It’s understood the staff at Spar Brockhill Rise – including the manager Jo Vye-Parminter – will now be working for the new owners, the Spar Group.