A HIGH street menswear shop in Flintshire is set to close its doors after more than 100 years of trading. 

Alf Jones & Son Menswear has been a fixture of Shotton High Street for the last 90 years. 

But its owner, Jennifer Hughes, has announced she is retiring and the business is closing its doors in the coming months. 

The business was started by her grandfather, Alfred, in Oswestry in 1911, before moving to Shotton in 1934.

Jennifer has been working there since 1965, and took over the running of the shop from her father in 1999. 

"When I first started every man was wearing suits," she said.

"There was no casual wear in those days. As the years have gone on obviously that's changed, but we've been so fortunate to have such a loyal customer base which we are so grateful for.

"We're the oldest business on Shotton High Street, and that's because of our lovely, loyal customers - and I can't praise them highly enough."

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The shop has survived when many other high street businesses have closed over the last decade, including during the Covid-19 pandemic. 


After news of its impending closure was shared on a local community Facebook group, more than 150 people commented expressing their sadness at seeing it go. 

One person said: "Oh what a shame, that will be the end of an era."

Another added: "So sad my partner always buys his clothes there - top quality."

A further comment said: "That's such a shame, a quality shop. Have always made a point of going there every time I'm up in Shotton ever since I left in 1985."

The Leader: Some of the shop's clothing products.Some of the shop's clothing products. (Image: Newsquest)

Jennifer, who is supported in the shop by her daughter and grandchildren, said she was "overwhelmed" at the outpouring of sadness at the shop's closure. 

"It's lovely that people think so much of you," she added. "A lot of our customers have become great friends.

"I'm sad to be finishing but I'm 75 now so it's probably time to call it a day. Retirement will take some getting used to, that's for sure. I've got two dogs and they'll keep me busy."

The shop will remain open for the next couple of months for a clear-out sale.