Further blow for Longford town as Shaws announce store closure

Patrick Conboy

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Longford Town Council Mayor Paul Connell is pictured with management of Shaws Department Stores at the opening of the company's Longford branch in October 2013. The retail chain announced today that the store is to close at the end of January. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Shaws Department Stores has announced its branch in Longford town is to close.

Shaws Department Stores has announced its branch in Longford town is to close.

In a statement released today, the company’s Managing Director, Jonathan Shaw, explained that Longford store had not performed to target since it opened in October 2013, and the decision to close it was made after careful consideration of the likely long-term financial performance of the location.

“It is with great regret that I have had to make this announcement today,” he said. “In particular, I want to thank our Longford team - management and staff - for their incredibly hard work over the last 15 months. Today’s decision in no way bears any reflection on them and their efforts.”

The Longford branch will close permanently on Saturday, January 31.

When Shaws announced plans to open the store in August of 2013, a spokesperson for the retail chain said the store could employ up 15 full-time and part-time workers. The company is currently examining the possibility of relocating Longford-based staff members to other branches. Anyone who does not wish to transfer will be offered redundancy terms “well in excess of statutory requirements”. Trading at Shaws’ other 15 stores will be unaffected by the announcement.

The announcement by Shaws comes a week after home improvement chain Homebase confirmed it has initiated consultation with staff at its Longford branch ahead of a proposed closure of the store.