CONCERNS have been raised over the sustainability of local businesses after a long-running sports store closed after trading for more than 20 years in Porthmadog and Pwllheli.

The operators of Llyn Sports, which had stores in Pwllheli and Porthmadog, shut down both their sites this week.

A sign on the Pwllheli store reads: “Llyn Sports has sadly closed. We would like to thank all our customers for their support over the 20+ years.”

The owners, Tim and Yvonica Jones, declined to comment on the closure this week, but Cllr Jason Humphreys, believes the cost of business rates could be putting pressure on local businesses, and also a change in shopping patterns by the public is having an effect.

He said: “The changes in shopping patterns over the years have seen the closure of very well-established retailers in Porthmadog, with the loss of Joe Lewis Fishmongers recently being particularly salient.

“This would have been unthinkable a decade or so ago.

“Another factor of course is Gwynedd Council’s policy of trying to get blood out of a stone through car parking fee hikes.

“Christmas amnesties in this area aren’t that brilliant for shops. There needs to be a more flexible and reasonable attitude.

“I’ve looked at the figures and business rates vary wildly from one high street property to the next. There needs to be a wholesale review of rateable values.”

Source: Cambrian News