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Tuesday, 19 November, 2002, 11:11 GMT
Family shop shuts after 60 years
Myra and Jack Evans serve a customer
The shop has always been run by the Evans family
A family-run grocery shop in Carmarthenshire is to close its doors for the last time after nearly six decades in business.

The Llwynderw store, alongside the A40 dual carriageway, is a former meeting hall for the Women's Institute.

Llwynderw shop
The building was transported to the site from another village

The building was moved there piece by piece in 1954 from a village 15 miles away by the Evans family who needed more room for their business - which started in the kitchen of their home.

The shop is to shut at the end of November so its 89-year-old owner, Jack Evans, can retire.

"I think it's about time I should," said Mr Evans.

His family - all Welsh-speaking - established the shop in their house just after World War II in 1945 to serve the local farming community.

His wife, Gwennie Evans, had started with a few shelves but by the 1950s a separate building was needed.


We were doing home deliveries years before the big supermarkets had ever thought of it

Myra Evans

Mr Evans saw an advert in the local paper for a Women's Institute building in Llandyfaelog, Carmarthenshire, which fitted the bill.

Mr Evans, said: "It cost me 100 at the time but it is still standing with the original wood and even the same screws.

"It shows the quality of work back then.

"A local carpenter and I took it down piece by piece and re-built it next to the house."

Mr Evans worked for the Rivers Authority for 33 years and with his wife in the shop in his spare time.

Since her death 12 years ago Mr Evans has carried on the business with his daughter Myra.


Their retirement will be a huge loss to the community

Minister, Beti Wyn James

The shop has been open for seven days a week from early in the morning until late at night.

Myra Evans started helping her parents in the shop when she was nine-years-old and has been delivering goods in the area for the past 40 years.

She said: "We were doing home deliveries years before the big supermarkets had ever thought of it.

"We have opened from 0630 GMT and not closed till gone 2000 GMT at night so farmers could do their shopping after they finished their work.

"We've even opened up on Christmas Day for people who have forgotten something."

Visitors

The shop has stocked a variety of merchandise over the years from newspapers, sweets, garden tools and clothes.

The location next to a busy road has meant that visitors from all over the world have called in for ice cream.

Local minister Beti Wyn James said: "Their retirement will be a huge loss to the community.

"Llwynderw is a local institution.

"Over the years it has been a centre for a lot of activities.

"It will be a wrench for them but they do deserve their retirement."


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