A village store in Llanwddyn is temporarily closing its fuel pumps to cope with the cost of living crisis.

Dafarn Newydd Store is a well-established convenience store in the area near Lake Vyrnwy, which also offers takeaway catering and fuel pumps.

However, the establishment has announced that it will be temporarily closing their fuel pumps, citing the current economic situation as the main reason behind the decision.

The store’s co-owner, Andrew Johnson, said: “We have made the difficult decision to close our fuel pumps for one of two weeks.


“We want to stress that this is a temporary situation, and we hope to be back supplying fuel to visitors and regular customers as soon as possible.

“It’s just that currently, with the cost of living crisis, rising fuel prices and a lack of visitors to the area, we are closing the pumps for the time being for the sake of viability.

“Since announcing it on social media, we have already had customers coming in to ask if we are struggling or closing for good, so I want to assure all those concerned that this is not a permanent decision."

The cost of petrol in the UK has soared in recent weeks.

The RAC says the average petrol price is now 191p per litre, with diesel at 199p, rising from just under 150p per litre at the start of 2022.


Petrol suppliers have sited the increased demand for fuel in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and sanctions against Russia, one of the world’s largest fuel exporters, as a way to combat Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

This means demand for oil from other producers has increased, leading to higher prices.

Mr Johnson added: “With the rising costs and lack of visitors for the time being, we’re just not in a position to purchase fuel for the coming weeks.

“Hopefully with schools breaking up for summer, we should get an influx of people passing through on their way to Lake Vyrnwy and we will gladly be back supplying fuel.

“But, for the time being we are taking a break. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”