OWNERS of a convenience store in Gwynedd are stepping away after more than 40 years. 

Min y Nant Stores SPAR Caernarfon has been owned by the Jones family for decades. 

The family are now preparing to hand the keys over to new owners; A F Blakemore & Son Ltd / SPAR will be taken over the reins.

Min y Nant Stores SPAR Caernarfon posted on Facebook on Sunday, April 14: "Goodbye! With a heavy heart as a family we write you this message.

"After over 33 years (Mam/Ruth 8 years before that!!) as a family we are sadly saying goodbye to you all.

"It has been an honour and privilege to serve you all these years, we never thought this day would come.

"We would like to thank all our loyal customers for your support over all those years especially the people of the estate, you will be forever etched in our hearts. We haven’t considered you customers, you have always been friends! You’ve made coming to work a pleasure and the laughter we’ve had and memories we hold will stay with us forever. There is nowhere in the world with so many characters in a single square mile. We could honestly write a book!!

"We have had unbelievable staff over all these years! So loyal and hard working. We will always be indebted to you all and it’s been an absolute pleasure working with you and again we’ve never considered you as staff you’ve always been 'family.'

"On Thursday, we will close the door on an unbelievable family adventure. Farewell is going to be so hard."

The family have urged customers to support the new owners.

The statement added: "We hope you continue to support the new owners, they have kept all our amazing staff and have assured us they are eager to run Min y Nant exactly as it is now.

"Again thank you all for an amazing 40 plus years and please don’t forget to say hello when you see us around town.

"Wishing you all the best!"

The statement was signed off Len, Ruth, Wayne, Maria, Lynne and Dylan.