Another retail unit closed in Portadown’s Market Street on Wednesday night when Menary’s Ladies Fashions shut up shop after 20 years.
The managing director Stephen McCammond said that the main reason was the reduced footfall in Portadown, adding that the branch had experienced “a couple of difficult years and the decision was taken with great regret”.
He added that all staff members had been offered alternative posts - including their Rushmere outlet – and that he was confident there would be no redundancies.
“When we opened in Portadown more than 20 years ago, it was a healthy trading town,” he said, but that the usual ‘mix’ of reasons had seen a significant fall in trade in recent times.
These include the recession, online shopping and, ironically, Rushmere where Menarys are thriving, having invested heavily in the branch there. “We have a strong team in Portadown and they fought hard to save the branch,” said Mr McCammond, “but it didn’t work out.”
The family-owned Menarys, who have 20 branches throughout Northern Ireland, are the latest in a series of significant traders to close in Portadown, including Woolworth’s, Internacionale, Eason’s, Evans and Gino’s.
Said Mr McCammond, “We have enhanced our various departments at Rushmere and aim to serve the people of Portadown from there. And we thanks our loyal customers over the years.”