Staff at Elverys sports shop on Pearse Street, Nenagh, have told the Tipperary Star that they had a “fantastic” response this Thursday from the public to their appeal to try and save their jobs.
The sports retail chain, which employs six people in Nenagh, is in examinership at present with management trying to save the company through a buyout. The company employs a further six at its Thurles outlet on Liberty Square, where a similar appeal was made to the public.
Over 300 people have called to the Nenagh shop in the past week to sign their petition, according to a staff member.
They told the Star that they were asking the public to sign their petition - SOS Elverys 700 - which is in all their stores nationwide, in an attempt to make their jobs secure. The petition can also be signed online through the Elverys SOS 700 Facebook page and on Twitter.
“We would appreciate it if as many people as possible signed the petition. We understand the petitions are being taken away by a staff representative this Saturday,” they said.
“We are supportive of the attempted management buyout,” said the staff member, “as they have pledged to keep all our jobs safe and to keep all the stores open. No other bidder has made that promise.”
The employee said it was expected that the situation would come to a head in about two to three weeks’ time, and while management have kept them informed to the best of their ability, the staff were “in the dark about the other bidders’ identity”.
It is understood that the chain is being looked at by UK outlets, including Newcastle United Football Club’s owner Mike Ashley.
The Irish chain has been in existence since 1847, and the staff member said it was a “well run, old established business”.
The staff are holding a march following the Mayo and Cork game in Castlebar this Sunday. The Mayo team is sponsored by Elverys and the county team’s home ground has been renamed Elverys McHale Park. They will also hold a march on Monday, St Patrick’s Day to Croke Park.