End of days for Welsh independent

Rhyl furniture and electrical retailer Barnetts is due to close this week with the property then auctioned next week.

The move comes after the death of owner Simon Cabb last month. The store was set up in 1954 by his father Barney. 

Nicky Tunnicliff, Simon’s sister, has been helping to oversee the closure of the store: her family has previously owned other stores in the town.

‘Simon ran it towards the end. I set up my own furniture business in St Asaph, but this was his shop, really, after our mum died. It’s practically closed now, as we’ve just been selling everything off, but 20 October is hopefully when we shut. I didn’t want to keep it open after Simon died. Business in Rhyl isn’t all it used to be, with people going out of town, so it wouldn’t have been something we would have taken over,’ she says.

‘It’s awfully sad because we’ve always had somewhere in Rhyl. It’ll be hard, not having that anymore after such a long time. Everybody knew us, and my dad. It’s been a hard pill to swallow.’

The store is due to be auctioned by Town and Country Property Auctions on 26 October.

Image: Town and Country Property Auctions.

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