A HARDWARE store is closing its doors today as the man at the helm retires after a career spanning 63 years.
Ron Hammersley, 82, is closing his hardware store on High Street, Mold after 54 years as a shopkeeper.
He worked for nine years as a painter from October 1950 after leaving school at the tender age of 13 and opened his first shop in 1959.
He expanded to a larger premises further down High Street in 1979, remaining in town ever since.
Mr Hammersley, from Mold, put his years of long service down to good health and a love for his work.
He said: “I’m a workaholic. My family think I’m bonkers. I’ve loved every minute of working here.
“I’ve enjoyed good health, God’s been good to me and I’m still pretty fit.
“I can’t see me doing nothing. I’ll have to try and become a gardener or something. I never switch off.
“I’m just worried to death what I’m going to do with myself having been such a busy man all my life.
“I’m up every day at six. I get to the shop for seven and I’m putting out the shop front at half past.
“I’m going to miss it terribly,” he said.
Richard Matthews, 22, from Pantymwyn, worked for Mr Hammersley in his store from 2009 to September 2013 and paid tribute to the long service of his former boss.
He said: “I enjoyed working for him. It has brought out my confidence and helped me speak to people.
“Mr Hammersley has served the town so well and it’s been good to have him around town. He’s helped everyone a lot.
“He’ll be missed. His shop gives Mold a personal feel.”
Mr Hammersley also paid tribute to the many loyal customers he gained over the years.
He said: “I’d like to thank the people of Mold for all their support over the years.
“I built up a nice local trade of customers, from schools to banks and hospitals.
“Hardware stores such as mine have suffered due to the big stores coming in and it’s a good time for me to leave now.
“We have suffered but I carried on but I’ve got to an age where I feel like it’s a good time to go.”
Mr Hammersley has sold the store and it is expected to reopen as a furniture shop.