St Asaph fishing tackle shop reopens after flood


Kirstie Dolphin

A FAMILY fishing shop which you could have fished in after the floods has re-opened its doors.

Foxon Fishing Tackle in St Asaph, was badly affected during the floods which hit the city last November.

Business owner, Renee Foxon said: “The business was due to celebrate its 45 years in business this year, but instead we found ourselves in the middle of a huge clear up operation.

“It has been a massive task and a total life change for myself and our staff, who have worked so hard to get things back to normal in time for the beginning of the fishing season for our loyal customers.

“Finally we can see a light at the end of our tunnel.”

Foxon Fishing Tackle was first opened nearly 45 years ago by Arthur Foxon, after taking over from his parent’s news agency and gradually turned it into a fishing shop.

Arthur’s daughter Renee started working in the shop after finishing school in 1997 and now runs the shop with her partner Shaun Elis.

“My mum and dad retired four years ago, but have obviously helped out massively during the floods, especially by using their upstairs flat for extra storage,” said Renee.

“Our main storage area is below ground level so we probably lost about 75 per cent of our stock.

“The building is old so once it was stripped back revealed a lot of old interesting workmanship, so it required quite an extensive rebuild which included repair/replacement on the beams, new floor and plastering,” she added.

The family have described the day the floods happened as “the day we could have fished inside our fishing shop”.

Foxon Fishing Tackle re-opened on Friday, February 1 and will be able to celebrate their 45th anniversary.

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