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About Kerfoots

Kerfoots is an award-winning department store that has been designed to ensure that shopping is a thoroughly enjoyable leisure experience.

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We have been around since 1874 so we have had plenty of practise. We started as a hardware and ironmongery store servicing the local community, which flourished due to the local slate industry. The 1st World War virtually halted the export of slate and had a catastrophic effect on the Porthmadog area. The local economy collapsed and the store became a white elephant being far too big for the town. It's survival is thanks to the single handed effort of the owner's daughter who ran the shop's three floors with only the assistance of a 14 year old boy.

There have been a number of owners since but it remains to this day an independently owned family business. The store has seen many changes since those early days, transferring from a hardware store into a three-storey department store with a coffee shop in the 1980's.

One feature that has not changed is our unique spiral staircase. This wonderful example of Victorian workmanship is believed to be the only one of its kind still in existence in the U.K. Constructed of timber the double geometric spiral is entirely self-supporting.

In 1999, to celebrate our 125th anniversary we commissioned local craftsmen to create our own Millennium Dome. Made of stained glass depicting how Porthmadog looked in 1874, it cascades coloured light down the staircase to the lower floors. The three floors have an amazingly wide range of stock; the merchandise is all of high quality and provides excellent value.

Here at Kerfoots we pride ourselves on our customer service and see many customers return time after time from all over the country, especially at Christmas. We will be applying the same standard of service to our on-line shoppers and would love to welcome you to our store in person.

The Locality

Kerfoots is located in the coastal town of Porthmadog, situated in the Eifionydd area of Gwynedd at the south eastern edge of the Llŷn Peninsula.

The town developed in the 19th century exporting slate around the world. Since the decline of the slate industry it has become an important shopping centre for the surrounding area and a popular tourist destination. It has easy access to the Snowdonia National Park being located right on its boundary and is the terminus of the Ffestiniog, and Welsh Highland Railway as well as the Cambrian Coast Railway which has spectacular scenery for the would be traveller.

The now completed Welsh Highland Railway runs for 25 miles, from Porthmadog in the South, into the heart of Snowdonia, through picturesque villages like Beddgelert and Rhyd Ddu (with access to Snowdon itself en-route), onto the historic town of Caernarfon to the North - with its famous castle.

We're also within three miles of the world famous Italianite village of Portmeirion, where cult television series 'The Prisoner' was filmed.

Porthmadog takes its name from William Maddocks, a landowner and Lincolnshire MP, who built the Cob. The Cob is a huge sea wall which reclaimed land from the sea and originally provided improved access to Holyhead from London.