Olaf the snowman outside Broderick's Spar in Croom which is open this Friday
A NUMBER of local grocery stores and retailers across Limerick have opened this Friday morning despite heavy snowfall overnight.
Every shopping centre in the city and all large retailers have remained closed today as a status red weather warning, issued by Met Éireann, remains in place until 6pm.
While the blizzard-like conditions have passed, there are reports of heavy snowfall across the city and county this Friday morning.
One store which opened at 8am this Friday is Broderick’s Spar at Main Street in Croom.
“We are the local shop here in Croom and it’s important to provide a service and people are stuck for supplies with the big players out of the picture,” said store owner Padraig Broderick.
“It’s an opportunity for a smaller independent retailer so we will take the opportunity,” he said praising staff for their trojan efforts over the past 48 hours.
“Nowadays a lot of the products are centrally distributed which means they come from Dublin so we have been under pressure for supplies but the staff have been incredible and we have been picking them up and dropping them home because the conditions are quite dangerous,” he said.