Kerry department store closes after six months due to lack of foot traffic
A Kerry department shop has closed after six years in business after customers and staff complained about the “silly” and “dumb” atmosphere.
The business, located at 7-30 Derry Road, is one of only a few remaining in the country to continue selling products and services despite its location.
A spokesperson for the Kerry department stores said the business was forced to close due to the “dire” and overcrowded conditions and said it was closing “at the last minute”.
The spokesperson said that despite a request for the business to continue as an online store, the premises would not be able to continue operations for the foreseeable future.
“Our website has been in the process of being redesigned and the changes to the site have led to the business being unable to continue operating as an internet store,” they said.
The spokesperson added that they were unable to comment on individual complaints made by staff or customers. “
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers.”
The spokesperson added that they were unable to comment on individual complaints made by staff or customers.
In 2016, the Kerry branch of the chain’s parent company, Lidl, said it had been forced to shut its business following a number of complaints from customers and employees.
However, the company’s online store did not close.
Lidls parent company also owns a number other locations in the city, including at the Ballymun shopping centre and the Newtown Shopping Centre.
Kerry is Ireland’s second-largest city and is home to about 3,000 people.
A report commissioned by the department stores group said that many staff were unhappy with the atmosphere, the “frightening” atmosphere of the shop and the “unprofessional” behaviour of some staff.
It also recommended the company “take steps to minimise the impact” of the closures.
Last year, a spokesman for Lidli said that the business would close in May 2018.
However the Kerry Department Store said that in recent months, “we have been working closely with the management team and they have been very supportive of our endeavours”.
However, we are no longer in a position to offer any further comment.”