ONE of Limerick city’s first ever boutique shops is preparing to close its doors for the last time as the economic downtun continues to take its toll.
Michael Murphy says the decision to close ‘Eve’s Ladies Fashion and Leather Store’ had to be made because the business could no longer sustain itself.
Located at Roches Street in the heart of the city for more than 70 years, four generations of the Murphy family have worked at the store.
Had the shop been as busy as it has been for the past week, Mr Murphy and his wife, Terry, might well have changed their mind, but it is the closing-down sale which has attracted the surge of customers.
“We are open until all the stock is gone and that’s it then – another Limerick city business closed,” he said.
Michael’s parents, Eithne and Michael, previously managed the store and before them, it was his grandmother, Winifred Casey who began the business in 1939.
“My mother was born on Roches Street so I am very passionate about this street and the family business. When it opened, it was known as a ‘Dress Shop’ and I worked here for 40 years,” said an emotional Michael
A major decline in footfall in the city centre, issues with parking and the cost of commerical rates have been cited as the three main reasons behind the decision to close the family-owned business.