Traders on William Street are back in business

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

AFTER ten months of chaos to shoppers and traders alike, William Street will be fully accessible this weekend.

AFTER ten months of chaos to shoppers and traders alike, William Street will be fully accessible this weekend.

Limerick City Council has been carrying out a multi-million euro project to remodel the street.

The improvements will see wider footpaths, new lighting and new trees.

The works have caused uproar among traders, who have expressed concerns over a fall-off in trade.

But Michael Gleeson, proprietor of Michael Gleeson’s shoes, which has been in William Street for almost 30 years, thinks it is all worth it, with the street fully accessible in time for Christmas.

In order to celebrate, he has launched a special ‘Welcome back to William Street’ sale.

“I am hoping my fellow traders will follow suit if they can, and make every effort to bring back the footfall into William Street which has been missing for the past 12 months,” he said, “The whole look of the street will be much fresher and cleaner. There will be new lighting which is very badly needed.”

*A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader, print edition, dated December 3, 2011