Durkin’s store closure rumours spark action

Joe Durkin pictured outside his store in Longford. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Persistent rumours of closure prompted one Longford town businessman to post a notice denying the gossip in the window of his well-known shop.

Persistent rumours of closure prompted one Longford town businessman to post a notice denying the gossip in the window of his well-known shop.

Joe Durkin of the firmly established Durkin’s of Ballymahon Street took the move last week following a series of untrue rumours that the business was closing down.

As a result Joe posted a notice in the front window of the shop which states that the shop is most definitely open for buisiness.

“We have served the public for over 80 years and will continue to give value to our customers,” Mr Durkin told the Leader this week. “Initially I didn’t pass any remarks on the rumours, but as time went on, I decided to put the sign up, and I am happy to report that we are not closing down and will continue to serve the public as we have done for the last eight decades.”

Established in 1933 by Mr Durkin’s father, Durkin’s went from strength to strength in the years that followed. It developed and expanded and became highly regarded for its top quality clothes and sportswear. “We all appreciate that we are in a difficult economic climate at the moment, but Durkin’s is in a niche market,” Mr Durkin continued.

“We have tried to give value to our customers over the years and have extended the business as well. We are making money and our customers continue to come back, so we are most certainly open for business, and will continue to be.”