- The Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, situated in Conwy, has been bought by local businessman Richard Reynolds
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Reynolds, who’s also the managing director of tearoom brand Love To Eat, has bought the business and assets of Bodnant Welsh Food, taking over the site of the farm shop and wedding venue.
Previous owners, Michael and Caroline McLaren, put the business up for sale after suffering “unsustainable losses”.
Richard Reynolds, the new operator of the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre said, “I am delighted to have bought the business and assets of Bodnant Welsh Food, having already agreed Heads of Terms for my lease of the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre site, and I will be working hard to ensure its future success.
“The centre is situated in spectacular surroundings and has so much potential, boasting a fantastic array of award-winning products and services which I hope to honour and enhance further. I hope to have the business up and running again as soon as possible, under the name Bodnant Welsh Food – and to continue promoting Welsh food in the Conwy Valley, for the benefit of the local community.”
Michael McLaren, former owner of the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre said, “I am delighted that Richard Reynolds has today purchased the business and assets of Bodnant Welsh Food from the liquidator of Furnace Farm Ltd. He reassured me that he was aiming to carry on the same range of businesses at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre, using the same name and branding – and to be open again to the public very soon indeed.
“I wish him every success in the future of the business, which has greatly benefited the area. I also hope that he can re-employ many of the staff who have lost their jobs. The vision and concept of a Welsh Food Centre in the Conwy Valley will continue and thrive – and this will be a legacy of which we can all be very proud.”