Closing: Wacky Shoes on O'Connell Street Picture: Adrian Butler
THE MANAGER of Wacky Shoes has said that his team is "blessed" to have operated for 19 years, following the announcement of the closure of the city centre store.
The popular retailer announced its imminent closure on Facebook on Sunday evening.
Manager Peter Phelan said that it is a "sign of changing times" in the retail industry. The shop first opened its doors at 122 O'Connell Street in 1997.
“For our target audience, teenagers and people aged 35 to 40, all of this age group is so savvy with online sales. And as well as us competing with other shops, we are also competing with our suppliers. Every brand that we would stock, would have their own online presence. And obviously your supplier can have a much bigger selection, size collection and colour selection. And when we go to buy shoes for the stock room, we can only buy a certain amount. And that makes it very difficult," he explained.
Wacky Shoes' Facenook statement said: "We are deeply saddened to announce the closure of Wacky Shoes Limerick. It was our pleasure to serve you and your families over the last 20 years. It has been a thoroughly fantastic experience.
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting a small Irish business.
All credit notes and gift vouchers are still valid during our closing down sale."
Tributes have been paid by former customers and employees on its Facebook page since the announcement.
Mr Phelan thanked the public for their "wonderful comments" on social media.
“Retail shopping is an experience, and having good staff to provide a service has made the shop. They made the shop what it was. And we are blessed to have been in Limerick over the last 20 years.”
Deputy metropolitan mayor, Cllr Daniel Butler tweeted: "Saddened to hear @wackyshoes is closing. Huge loss to #Limerick retail. A store that brought fashion brand shoes to the city. #wackyshoes."