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article imageFormer cannabis factory to be ‘50s-style’ golf travel agent

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jun 5, 2014 in Business
Carmarthen - Redevelopment could soon be underway for an iconic building in Carmarthen that has become an eyesore in the West Wales town.
That’s if, as the Carmarthen Journal reports, “ambitious plans are given the go-ahead [for] a unique travel-agent office” to be housed in the currently vacant property.
The one-time department store was closed down seven years ago, when Family Value went into liquidation.
Family Value had been part of the town for 20 years — although the shop had been in decline for some time before its closure — and Carmarthen shoppers and other retailers close to the building have long wished for it to be restored to something like its former glory.
However, since Family Value vacated the King Street building, it has been home to short-term businesses and, most notably, a cannabis factory, which was discovered in 2012 when police seized, as the paper puts it, “a large quantity” of the psychoactive substance.
The find, which was described as "worth about £1m," was uncovered a stone’s throw from a police station, Wales Online reported at the time.
Carmarthen Journal revealed this week that Taylor Made Travel have big plans for the site, which will include making use of all three floors of what is the largest single property in the street.
Poppy Taylor of Taylor Made Travel told the Carmarthen Journal that the ground floor (first floor) would house the travel shop, where customers could book their holidays in “unique surroundings” and in a “unique way.”
“It will have a 1950s décor,” Taylor told the paper. “The top floor will [include] a dozen simulation golf booths for the golfer who only has an hour to spare to get some practice in, and for those winter months.”
If their plans go ahead, Taylor revealed that the new business would open on September 1.
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