NEW visitor facilities at a popular fabrics centre have been officially unveiled.
Abakhan Craft and Mill Shop in Mostyn has expanded into a larger layout, complete with café, a children’s play area and a gift shop.
Welsh Government funding totalling £75,000 has helped to finance the project, which features tourist information terminals, additional wheelchair facilities, restoration of a water wheel and a landscaped garden and courtyard.
The café will cater for up to 150 people, offering home-made products from local suppliers.
Lord Barry Jones, accompanied by his wife, Lady Janet Jones, last night unveiled a plaque at the centre and was joined by Flintshire Council leader Aaron Shotton, council chairman Carolyn Thomas and Delyn AM Sandy Mewies.
Lord Jones said: “The building is a triumph which must be shared by the architects, contractors, designers and, perhaps most of all, by the Abakhan family.
“I’s very pleasing to see 110 local jobs have been created and they are jobs for people in the vicinty of Abakhan.
“All the staff were there and everybody was made very welcome.
“It became clear the journey of the Abakhan family has been very impressive.
Clearly, it is going from strength to strength and it remains a family firm.”
Cllr Thomas said: “I was really impressed with the new facilities.
“The work has been done to a very high standard and the staff are wonderful and welcoming, making it a very pleasant place to visit.
“It was great to meet the family and everyone involved who have worked so hard to make the project a reality.
“I think Abakhan is well placed on the coastal route when travelling by car, cycling or walking along the coastal path and now, with all the new great facilities it’s also a destination in its own right for a day out.”