LIMERICK city has been dealt a “body blow” with the news of yet more store closures.
Furniture retailer Instore is to close its flagship city branch in Ellen Street on Christmas Eve.
And in the last few days, leading clothes retailer TopShop closed its branch in the Crescent Shopping Centre.
It is understood around 12 people at Instore will be affected by the closure, with representatives of the store texting customers this Wednesday to inform them of a closing-down sale.
However, Instore’s second outlet, at the City East Retail Park on the Ballysimon Road, is to remain open.
Mayor Jim Long said he had been informed by the company that the closure was due to a lack of footfall in Ellen Street.
He described the impending closure as a “sad loss to the city, especially as it is in the immediate area of the Opera Centre.
“It is a body blow, yes. But I would like to think that this is the last big store to close in the city. Furniture is the worst sector in retail at the moment, because there are no new houses being built, and household incomes are depleted,” the mayor pointed out.