Swansea businesswoman Catherine Williams has opened the biggest candle shop in Wales – Candles and Co. in the city’s Quadrant Shopping Centre.

Catherine already owns six other shops the Yankee Shop in Cardiff, Mumbles, Llanelli, Sketty, Fforestfach, and another one in the Quadrant.

The store, which opened on Saturday, September 30th, has been rebranded as Candles and Co. so it can stock other candles other than the Yankee brand.

“Until now we have exclusively stocked Yankee candles in our other six shops but our customer base has been regularly asking for other brands,” explained Catherine.

“So to accommodate those requests we have rebranded the new store as Candles & Co allowing us to introduce a wider range of candles and associated products.

“Due to the expansion we want to become Wales’ destination store for all candles.

“It’s an exciting time ahead for the business especially with the new developments going on within the city centre.”

The Yankee stores currently employ 47 staff members which will increase to 60 this year with the opening of Candles and Co.

As well as the traditional Yankee products Candles and Co. stocks such high-end products as Baylis and Harding (skin care products), di Palomoa products (candles and skin care), Woodwick Candles, Village Candles and Cello Electric Burners.

Candles & Co. also has in store a Creation Express where customers can buy personalised gifts made in store with immediate collection.

As part of the grand opening there was various offers and free goodie bags alongside a competition to win a year’s worth of Yankee candles.