A HISTORIC Llandudno building has been given a marvel-ous new lease of life by two self confessed geeks.

Childhood friends Matt Skeldon and ex-serviceman Jay Hogan, aged 30 and 29, will return the former post office on Vaughan Street to action as part of franchise Geek Retreat on Saturday, March 14.

After more than a month of refurbishment by the former Ysgol Aberconwy pupils, the building will turn a new page as a ‘geek culture’ cafe with a graphic novel library and a focus on trading card, board, video and role playing games.

Mr Hogan, who served with the Royal Artillery in Afghanistan, said: “Our love of geek culture runs deep, and that certainly fuelled the fire.

"I stumbled across the advert to 'open your own geek retreat' while perusing Facebook whilst working abroad and I asked Matt if he wanted to come onboard because, let's face it, what's better than owning your own slice of Geek heaven and sharing it with a friend."

The old post office was opened in 1902 before closing in 2016, and has been largely untouched despite being temporarily used as a soft play area.

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Before and after the pair's superhero transformation of the historic building

Mr Hogan added: "It's been a lot. Day in day out. We have had some truly tremendous people come in and help us with some things like the wallpapering, counter tops, electrics so for that we are hugely grateful."

Mr Skeldon said:"The building itself was in pretty good condition, and just needed a lot of cosmetic work really.

"I'm very proud to bring a modern take to a building with such history and fantastic architecture and carry it long into the future while giving like minded people a place that they can feel comfortable."

The venue will hold regular tournaments for experienced gamers, cater to children and beginners with ‘Learn to Play’ sessions and also offers free-to-play board games and video game consoles.

The store's grand opening is at 10am, with free milkshakes for the first 10 customers and anyone dressed in 'cosplay'. For more information visit facebook.com/geekretreatllandudno.