A menswear store boss has spoken about selling up after nearly 50 years in business and having to reassure people “I’m not dying!”.
This week Tim Williams announced that his store Bon, on Prestatyn High Street, would close this spring after 48 years of trading.
Since then the messages of support have been pouring in and he’s had to assure people he remains in good health.
The other positive news is that he has shaken hands with Mark Sugarman, who has run clothing store Detour in Rhyl for over 35 years, on a deal to take on the Prestatyn unit.
This should mean the high street will retain an independent menswear store once Tim leaves in March.
Tim, 73, said: “Closing was a big decision to make. I had planned to reach 50 years and nearly got there but with Covid and the opening and closing I became used to having some time off and decided it was time to go.
“I made the decision around the new year and announced it this week.
“I know I will miss it a lot, meeting people and getting to know my customers. There are also the reps and other shopkeepers here in Prestatyn as we have a good business community here.
“I will miss that but I live in Prestatyn and I will keep coming into town. I have to keep telling people ‘You’ll still see me, I’m not dying!’
“I have met so many great people along the way and the time has flown, it’s a merry-go-round, you’re always buying or selling and thinking of the next season, time flies by.
“Since announcing the news people have been pouring in, saying I deserve the break after so many years.”
He will not be taking it easy in “retirement”.
He said: “I hope to have a couple of holidays, I have grandchildren, golf, and motorsport. I have plenty of interests and I will also continue to organise the classic car show in Prestatyn.”
On the future of the unit, he said: “I have shaken hands with Mark so hopefully we will continue to have an independent menswear shop in the town, which I’m pleased about.”
Mark said: “I have been in Rhyl for over 35 years so we’ve not rushed into expanding!
“That store continues to do well after all these years but we are looking forward to also bring the brand to Prestatyn. We plan to keep some of the existing brands in Bon but will add new ones too.
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“This is a niche market but there is a market and people will travel to us from as far as Anglesey because there are not many places doing this.
“Rhyl has lost some chains over the years but if you have the right product people will still come and there is a lot of regeneration work here that we hope will help the town centre.
“The retail park in Prestatyn is a crowd puller and we are looking forward to giving it a go there too.”
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