The shutters came down on Dillon's Family Butchers for the last time on Friday.
The closure of Dillon’s Foodhall at Longford Shopping Centre last Friday was met with shock around the town over the weekend.
The much loved local butchers had been in situ at the centre for the last few years bringing with it the very best in local produce that the county had to offer.
Local area representative in Longford town, Cllr Joe Flaherty (FF) said this latest closure - the third in the shopping centre in recent weeks - was a “crushing blow” to Longford town’s retailing soul.
“Each and every additional shop closure chips away at the town's retailing soul,” he added.
“When you lose a unique bespoke retailer like Dillon's Foodhall, who shut up shop in Longford shopping centre on Friday evening, then its a crushing blow.
“To compound the impact, its the third closure in the centre in a matter of months.”
Cllr Flaherty went on to say that despite the recent setbacks he would continue to “champion Longford” in the coming months and years.
“I'll promote and champion Longford as good as anybody but speaking to staff in the various stores in the centre on Friday afternoon, you sense that morale in the town has plummeted,” he concluded.