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DIY store is victim of downturn

A home improvement store has closed its doors for the final time - exactly 25 years to the day it opened.

The owners of Dee Jays of Rhyl said they were "devastated" to be the latest casualty of the economic downturn.

As well as the loss of nine staff, the firm employed 12 sub-contractors who are also now looking for work.

Managing director Neale Lewis-Jones blamed a fragile retail sector and a lack of consumer confidence and said they had "no other option".

He added: "We were in negotiations with our landlords for a new lease, but with a noticeable decline in our retail sales together with the need to secure additional funding from the financial institutions, we felt that we had no option but to close the doors.

"Both Tammy (Lewis-Jones, fellow director) and I are both devastated that our hands have been forced in this way but we take our obligations as directors seriously and could not see a way of consolidating our position."

Mr Lewis-Jones said some of the company's staff and customers had been with them from the start and had been "dedicated and loyal to the end".

"We will miss them without exception," he added.

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