After reducing its opening hours and trading with largely empty shelves for several days , the Spar convenience store at Brockhill Rise, Cosmeston, Penarth has closed completely.
As previously reported by PDN, franchised Spar-branded business was taken over in 2015 by James Gough (28) and his business partner Lloyd Howell (28) in 2015 – both directors of a private company called “Celestia Retail Ltd”
A notice has now been posted on the locked door of the premises saying ” Closed” – but which fails to hank to local residents who have supported the store over the past 19 years.
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 a 15 years of serving the community. Mr Blunsdon left the business in a thriving condition – but said a major shortcoming was not being able to advertise the store’s presence by putting signage up that would be visible to passers-by on Lavernock Road
A spokesperson for A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd – the company which runs the Spar chain in South Wales – says “A.F. Blakemore is working alongside the current owners with the aim of reopening the SPAR store as soon as possible.”