Forty jobs lost as shop suddenly ceases trading

Some 40 jobs have been lost in Limerick with the sudden closure of a Eurospar supermarket at Watch House Cross.

Forty jobs lost as shop suddenly ceases trading

Staff and customers were shocked when they arrived yesterday morning to closed shutters and a notice informing them that the shop had “ceased trading with immediate effect”.

Single mother-of-one Peggy Galligan, who worked on the tills at the store for the past eight years, said the company gave no notice of the closure.

“It was actually a friend of mine who came down to my house at 8:45am this morning, actually telling me that the shop was closed, that it was gone. I knew nothing until this morning.”

Management met the 25 full-time and 15 part-time staff in the Greenhills Hotel where it was outlined they would receive a basic statutory redundancy package.

“They knew for a long time the way the shop was going and they said nothing to us. We’re going to get statutory redundancy but they said it’s going to take months for that to come through,” explained Ms Galligan.

"I’m very disappointed. I don’t know how I’ll cope. It’s awful, it’s terrible. Hopefully I can get another job. I need to work. You have to have something to keep you going and to keep your mind occupied.”

In a statement, Eurospar said: “With regret Eurospar confirms that, as a result of a challenging local trading environment along with unsustainable business costs, Eurospar Watch House Cross has ceased trading with immediate effect. The company is in the process of consulting with its 15 full-time and 25 part-time staff.”

Customer Deirdre Ryan from Shanabooley Rd, Ballynanty said: “I’m very upset. It’s very important to our community. We knew nothing about it closing.”

A representative from An Post, which operates a post office inside the store, said: “All social welfare payments will be available from Caherdavin Post Office from 3pm today.”

The store was taken over from SuperValu by Eurospar in 2009. Last week 45 jobs were lost in the county with the closure of Garvey’s SuperValu in Newcastle West.

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