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12 jobs lost as Mold hotel goes into liquidation

MOLD town centre’s only hotel has closed down – with 12 members of staff losing their jobs.

Word of the Bryn Awel’s demise spread after mourners at the funeral of Mynydd Isa postman Graham Nevett on Monday were told the wake had to be moved to Beaufort Park in New Brighton at the last minute.

There was no answer at the Denbigh Road hotel on Tuesday and a private company was on-site clearing it out.

Owners Graham and Liz Fender have since confirmed to the Chronicle the Bryn Awel has gone into liquidation. The 18-bedroom venue closed on Friday and will not reopen.

Although there are hotels on the outskirts of Mold, the Bryn Awel was the only one in the town centre and had been operating for 50 years.

Mold councillor Chris Bithell said: “It’s a blow to the town and I’m very disappointed.

“We are trying to encourage people to visit Mold to see what it has to offer and they need places to stay.”

In February 2010 former Bryn Awel owner Greg Shankar was jailed for 15 months after admitted defrauding Mold Food Festival out of more than £66,000 to help prop up his failing business.

In late 2008 Mr Shankar was given planning permission to demolish the 18-bedroom hotel and build 21 apartments on the site instead.

He also planned to move the hotel’s restaurant to Mold High Street.

Cllr Bithell added: “I know the hotel’s been through some difficulties, but the new owners had been doing their best to turn it around and we hoped they’d pull through.

“It seemed they had, so this is a great shame. It’s an important part of the town.”

Mr Fender told the Chronicle on Tuesday night: “I can confirm we have contacted all parties who had booked either a room or function at the hotel and no money has been lost by people making those forward bookings.

“I would like to thank all of the hotel’s patrons and staff who have supported us during the last two years, and I am truly sorry the hotel has had to close.”