There is widespread shock and disbelief in Templemore at the closure of Walsh’s supermarket on the Main Street, with the loss of 13 jobs.
Staff were informed on Nov. 2nd that the shop was to close with the loss of all jobs. While most of the jobs were part-time, the knock-on effects are already being felt throughout the community, with reduced footfall and a blow to business confidence.
Walsh’s Shop was central to the economic life of Templemore’s Main Street, and is fondly remembered by generations of people in the town and beyond. ‘Cafe on Main’ and John Walsh Auctioneering are continuing to trade as normal. The Walsh’s told the Tipperary Star: “It was with a heavy heart that Paul & Eimear Walsh closed the doors on Walsh’s Shop for the last time on Sunday 2nd. It was Templemore’s oldest family business which made the closure even more difficult. The shop had been trading since since 1883 when John J Walsh started supplying stationery to local schools from his converted front room. The reason for the demise of the shop can be described as death by a thousand cuts rather than one seismic event.”
Paul Walsh said: “The retail landscape has changed significantly in recent years, and Templemore has experienced the ‘perfect storm’. The recession,Garda college recruitment freeze, parking restrictions in the square, and population decline have all eroded our customer base. Twelve staff members who have been helping us to try and get through this tough period have now lost their jobs which is one of THE hardest things in all this. We have been blessed to have some of the best people working with us. My parents John & Kaye, dedicated 30 years to the shop and I feel sad that we could not pass it onto the next generation but that was not possible.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.