A SHOPKEEPER has paid an emotional goodbye to the community she has served for 18 years.
Sonia Lawler, 55, locked up Broncoed Stores in Mold for the last time on Saturday, with the long-established store having now closed.
The shop has been a newsagent’s on Wrexham Road for the best part of 90 years.
Mrs Lawler, who has run the shop with husband Lewis for almost two decades, said she has had a mix of emotions in the build up to handing over the keys.
“I’m sad because the shop has been here a long time,” she said.
“It is not going to be a shop any more. 90 years it has been here.”
Mrs Lawler said it has not only been a job – but it has been her life.
“We want to thank the community for all their support,” she added.
“The best memories are just being part of the community and all the lovely people we have met. I have been sad for the last two weeks because we are selling.
“Customers have been hugging me, they are sad. It’s not just a shop – it is a community.”
Mrs Lawler, who has also lived in the bungalow at the side of the store, is
selling up and moving to Wrexham to be closer to her daughter Nadia Collins, 32, and three-year-old grand-daughter Emily.
She said she believes the shop will operate as a chiropractors in the near future.