IT IS the end of an era in Newtown as a building which has hosted a popular family-run wool shop for more than 50 years, becomes home to another business.

Caroline’s Wool Shop in the town centre, which has been in the same family for more than half a century, is leaving 5 Market Street.

Moving in will be nail bar Nail Envy.

Helen Lloyd, who runs the wool shop with her husband, after her family bought it in 1968, said it was time for a change – but was delighted to confirm that the town has not lost its wool shop altogether, as it moves in to the Fabric Shop, just along Market Street.

She said: “My mum and dad, Haydn and Esther Jones, along with my sister, Caroline, took over the business from Mrs GS Evans in 1968.

“I came into the business in 1976, joined by my husband ‘Fred’ (Ian Lloyd) in 1982. We have had a wonderful time in the wool trade enjoying putting on shows and special ‘Yarn Shop Days’.

“We’ve had the most loyal of customers and built up a lovely friendship with them.

“The thing they say will be missed the most are the window displays, especially at Christmas, something we’ve loved to do for everyone to enjoy.

“It has been sad to see Wool leave the building after so many years, but so happy that it lives on in Market Street at the sewing shop in the fabulous new ‘Wool Studio’.

“Thanks to David and Clare, Newtown, has not lost its Wool Shop.

“A new history begins at 5 Market Street with Jodie and Nail Envy. We wish them all well.”

Helen added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all our lovely customers, for the loyalty and friendship you have given us over the years. We will miss you.”