FARM SHOP HAS HELPED ME MOVE ON
New start for Caernarfon butcher after double tragedy:
ACAERNARFON butcher left haunted by a double tragedy has found a new start after closing his town centre shop.
Dafydd Wyn Jones started up Dafydd Wyn Jones A’i Fab on Pool Street 25 years ago and initially enjoyed a good trade at the store.
The arrival of Morrisons and Tesco supermarkets in the town damaged his business.
But it was a twin tragedy that left him struggling to cope.
Four years ago his son Alun Wyn Jones, who worked with him in the shop, died suddenly, aged just 22.
Then, two years ago, Chris Roberts – who had worked with Dafydd since he was 14 – collapsed in the shop and died, aged just 34.
It left Mr Jones, 59, finding it hard to come to work, and this year saw him take the step of moving out of town and opening a farm shop at Inigo Jones, Penygroes, as well as taking on the café.
This has been a major success, both in terms of trade and helping him to move on from the tragic events he has endured.
Talking about his Caernarfon shop, he said: “We did well when we started off, we had six staff.
“Then the supermarkets started to come so trade was dropping every week. We won a school contract with Gwynedd council for 10 years – that made up for the loss of trade and I could keep all the staff.
“We lost this four years ago to Harlech so had to lay people off as a big slice of business went.
“It was just me, Chris and my son Alun in the shop.
“Four years ago I lost my son. He was only 22 at the time, that has affected me quite a lot.
“Then two years ago I lost Chris (Roberts). He was 34 and had worked with me from the age of 14 – he was like another son to me.
“He collapsed in the morning in the shop and passed away.
“After that, going to the shop was hard – my head was all over the place.
“We tried to hold on because the people of Caernarfon had been so good to us.”
Mr Jones added: “Sometimes you have to move on with life and I think both of them would have understood that as well.
“This place (at Inigo Jones) came up so I took the plunge.
“I took the café over in February and added a farm shop, which we will develop more over time as we learn what customers want.
“Everything comes from a farm just a quarter of mile up the road. We try to sell all local products and are willing to take other local produce on board.
“It has been a success – we have a lot of passing trade. I plan to now put a lot of work into it to make it even more of a success.
“We are now up to six staff, which is back to where we were in Caernarfon a few years ago.”
He added: “I would like to thank the people of Caernarfon for all the support they have given me over the years.”
● Dafydd Wyn Jones found it hard to go to his shop after his son and his colleague both died within just two years
Dafydd Wyn Jones has opened a farm shop, above left, and also taken over the cafe at Inigo Jones after he had to close his town centre shop, right, following a drop in trade