Grape Vine closes its doors
12:04pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
VALE MP Alun Cairns met with the managers of the Grape Vine off-licence on St Nicholas Road, Barry as they drew the shutters on the last day of trading last weekend.
Managers Doreen and Alan Oakley had contacted the Vale MP to raise awareness of the issues caused by the supermarket giants opening ‘express’ or ‘local’ stores at the heart of communities in direct competition with smaller independent.
Built in the 1860s, the premises on St Nicholas Road is one of the older shops in Barry, and has been an off-licence since 1907.
Alun Cairns heard how the current business was closing due to the competition and drop-off in trade since the new Sainsbury’s store opened on Park Road. The closure of the Grape Vine has resulted in six people being made unemployed.
Mr Cairns said: “This was a sad day and I pay tribute to all who worked at the Grape Vine. It is important to highlight the issues and problems that can be caused for local traders when supermarket multiples choose to open smaller convenience stores in small communities. I do hope that the staff at the Grape Vine will be able to secure other employment soon.
“It’s such a shame that one of the oldest shop premises in Barry has had to close its doors, but I am hopeful that another business may choose to open its doors on the site in the not too distant future.”