Some of these pictures may only go back 20 years or so, but they look like they’re from a lifetime ago.
The store, one of the jewels of Mostyn Street, is set to close for the operation to move to a retail park, it was announced this week.
The shop has been a feature of the town centre for 80 years, and was purpose-built for the retail giant.
But the future of the site looks uncertain, and some shoppers fear the loss of such a flagship store could be a death knell for the high street in the town.
We went into our archives to find some of the photos we’d snapped there over time.
Historian John Lawson-Reay said: “Back in the 1950’s Marks and Spencer’s, along with Clares, were the only big stores in Llandudno, and were then a magnet for shoppers who came from from Anglesey, Caernarvonshire and Denbighshire.
“In fact, it was almost a ritual, M&S was the first port of call, unrivaled anywhere else in North Wales.
“In those days it had only the ground floor shop with a cafe at the rear.
It was so successful that in the early 1970’s they bought the old St John’s church manse next door to extend the shop and added a second floor with an escalator, the first in Llandudno.
“A warehouse was built in the backstreet then much later they built the satelite store in the car park of the church. This was intended to sell household goods but somehow it was gradually turned over into being a menswear shop, as it is to-day.
“It has always been very busy, in particular its food store.
“One can only conclude that some accountant in some distant place has dreamed up this proposed move to Parc Llandudno. He clearly has no idea on the damaging impact this would have on the town.”
On announcing the move out of town, Pete Swallow, M&S Head of Region for Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales, said: “We’ve been serving customers in Llandudno for more than 80 years, and we’re committed to providing the best of M&S to customers in the area.
“We’re really excited about our plans to invest in the town and open a new store at the Parc Llandudno Retail Park, creating a bigger and better M&S offer.
“As part of the plans we’ll continue to sell Clothing, Home and Food from Mostyn Street until we move, however, we are closing our smaller store in the town early next year.
“The whole team will stay with M&S and, should the plans go ahead, all employees will move to the new store. We’ll keep the community updated as plans progress.”
But the proposed move to Parc Llandudno has not been welcomed by the owners of the retail park.
Edward Hillier, managing director of Mostyn Estates, said: “While we can accept that the current site does not provide the ideal trading environment, I am not supportive of the relocation to Parc Llandudno.
“The relocation of the store to Parc Llandudno would bring more problems than it solves.”
Source : DailyPost