Greengrocers to close after 66 years

Photo - Cllr. Ceredig Davies

Photo – Cllr. Ceredig Davies

AN ABERYSTWYTH greengrocers is to shut after over 60 years of trading in the town.

Morris’ greengrocers on Chalybeate Street is to close its doors for the final time on 24th December 2013, with Columbine Florists moving into the shop from Terrace Road just after Christmas.

The shop had originally started off as a furniture business before the owners decided to change it to a greengrocers. Owner of the shop, Howie Morris who has run the shop alongside his wife Jan explained: “The shop has been in the family for about 66 years. We started off selling furniture in a time where you could pay in instalments through something called hire purchase, but the payments were unreliable and we could make more guaranteed money from selling fruit and vegetables. It’s all fresh stuff that we sell, we go off to Pershore quite regularly to go and get produce.”

“I came to the shop in 1974 for two weeks and ended up staying until now. It’s a big wrench to shut it because it’s a family thing, but there is no future for our children in the business.”

Morris did say that he thought had the shop remained open, the new Tesco store would have had a negative effect. “Tesco would have affected us, especially being able to park there which is something we have had problems with here,” he shared, “however trade in general is quieter, the town is far quieter than it has been.”

The owners have posted a note in the shop window thanking all customers for their custom over the years.

For customers who would still like to purchase produce from the greengrocers after its closure, a number will be left in the window for customers to call and order.