3rd December 2021

Llanelli Online News

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Five generations family business at Llanelli Market to close in September

A family business at Llanelli Market spanning five generations is to close in September.

Frosts newsagents and toy stalls have been a familiar stopping point for generations of children and adults.

Many will remember buying their Airfix models, train tracks, dolls or toy soldiers there.

Disappointed at lack of support: Market trader Andrew Frost

The decision to finish the market business has not been made lightly said the present owner Andrew Frost.

Mr Frost claims that apart from some Government help he had not received much help from the county council despite paying rent on the stores for many years and watching he says, both Swansea and Cardiff market traders getting a different deal from their local authorities.

Andrew Frost said that numbers to his stall in the market had fallen significantly since COVID-19 and latterly when the council introduced road closures along Cowell Street.

As with many businesses in Llanelli he claims he was not consulted until after decisions had been made to close the roads.

Mr Frost said that he would like to talk face to face about the problems his business has faced with the head of property, the Chief Executive and his AM and MP but he has seen neither.

Spanning five generations: The Frost family market stall

Mr Frost said: “The closures have not been good. We were consulted after a decision had been made. The council shared the decision with the press before they shared their decision with their tenants. The customer base has dropped off especially with the restrictions on how many people can come in here. People are counted in and out. I challenged them on the numbers.

“Llanelli is suffering through a combination of things. Online shopping and a lack of interest in Llanelli from Carmarthenshire County Council.

“There are many traders who feel exactly the same way as me. Nobody can be bothered to come up here from Carmarthen.

“We would like to see the public use the market more. I would like to think that we can move forward but I am not sure whether the council want us here. We are being told what we will have, take it or leave it. I am the fifth generation of the Frost family and I will be closing the business at the end of September. They are giving us very limited help. We haven’t seen anybody. We have nobody to talk to. I would have hoped that someone from the council would have come down, perhaps Wendy Walters the CEO. It does make you wonder what attitude the people in power in Carmarthen have got.”

It was Saturday morning when we visited and the town was pretty empty. Some owners had placed tables and chairs on the roadside but they were empty.

Aled James of the Savoy said that he had been monitoring the situation and had seen less people as a result of the road closures.

Carmarthenshire County Council maintain that the road closures are for a trial period and that the aim is to improve safety and encourage people to visit the town. Businesses in the market have received a grant during the Covid-19 pandemic.


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