Back-to-school shoes are retrieved from Limerick freight depot

David Hurley

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David Hurley

THE owner of a shoe shop in Limerick city centre is breathing a sigh of relief after a consignment of shoes, which were stuck at the Target Express depot were retrieved.

THE owner of a shoe shop in Limerick city centre is breathing a sigh of relief after a consignment of shoes, which were stuck at the Target Express depot were retrieved.

Over 200 pairs of back-to-school shoes destined for Young Gleeson’s Shoes, William Street were among the items stuck at the Ballysimon premises after the company, which was the largest privately-owned haulage company in the country, announced on Monday evening it was ceasing operations immediately after the Revenue Commissioners froze its accounts.

Michael Gleeson of Young Gleeson’s Shoes, William Street, says the closure of the firm couldn’t have come at a worse time for him.

He said the shoes were stuck at the Limerick and Dublin depots after Target Express closed down. “They were an excellent company to deal with and had fine guys doing the deliveries,” he said.

“They are a big loss and it is just an inconvenience at the moment - at the height of the back-to-school period because I had quite a lot of goods in-transit,” he said, adding most of the shoes have now been retrieved by the manufacturers.

The shoes retrieved from the Ballysimon Depot were delivered yesterday evening and Mr Gleeson says he expects the remainder to arrive later this week, in time for last-minute purchases.

The president of the Limerick Chamber of Commerce, Gordon Kearney, said that the closure of Target Express is upsetting for all of its Limerick-based customers whose supply chains have been affected.

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