Friday 15 December 2017

'Part of Dublin' Boyers department store to shut with loss of 83 jobs

Pauline Courtney, Blanchardstown, and Kathleen Marconi, North Circular Road. (l-r)
Pauline Courtney, Blanchardstown, and Kathleen Marconi, North Circular Road. (l-r)
The store employs 83 people, either directly or in concession.

Landmark Dublin department store Boyers will close next January with the loss of more than 80 jobs.

Eighty-three people are employed either directly or in concessions in the store, which has been operating opposite the recently-closed Clerys on North Earl Street since 1961.

The store is part of the Arnotts Group and the closure follows a takeover by developer Noel Smyth’s Fitzwilliam Finance Partners. Its imminent closure will have no impact on the operations of the nearby Arnotts department store, the company said. 

Customers were shocked as they attempted to enter the shop, which closed temporarily for a few hours yesterday afternoon.

“Boyers is part of Dublin.  I didn’t think it would close down, it’s terrible,” Rose Preston, from Santry, said outside the store.

In marked contrast to the shock closure of Clerys with the immediate loss of all jobs, management and staff at Boyers were yesterday informed of the plan to close the store on January 31, following an orderly winding down.

Money to cover agreed redundancy payments is to be ring-fenced in a separate bank account that will be established in the joint names of Fitzwilliam Finance Partners and Mandate Trade Union.

A consultation process with employees and union representatives is under way, and management plans to implement a “comprehensive outplacement programme” to help staff find new work.

The decision to shut the Boyers store, which is a prime redevelopment site, came after Fitzwilliam failed to identify an operator to manage the store, the company said.

Friends Pauline Courtney and Kathleen Marconi (inset), both from Dublin, said they “often went in for a coffee” if they were in town.

“It is going to be a ghost city,” another shopper added.

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