A famous cycle shop in Edenderry has closed after 70 years of trading.
Formerly owned by the Raymond family – who ran it for 68 years – the business was taken over two years ago by Brian McDonnell, who said that the recession, plus competition from the multi-nationals and on-line shopping, made it unviable for him to continue.
The business was started in Edenderry, at the premises later owned by Sal Lyttle the confectioner, in 1921 by Tom Raymond, father of Ross who took it over and moved it next door to Sal’s and the to the larger shop beside the Bann Bridge in 1976 – the premises housed Avery Scales until then.
“It’s sad to see it go,” said Ross. “Edenderry is a pale shadow of the area it once was when you think of businesses like Walter Mason’s, Vance’s bakery, Lily Lyske’s newsagents, Calvert’s grocery store and Gillespie’s fruit and vegetables.
Few of the originals remain – like Hoy’s Butchers and Eden Pharmacy - with many vacant premises in the area receiving a facelift through a painting contract, prompted by Craigavon Borough Council.
Of course, Asda moved into their massive premises at Joseph Street, but that has done little to resurrect the golden days of Eden Derry Square.
However, there is one positive move, with a new coffee shop – ‘Zama’ opening on Monday in the premises vacated by Gordon Speers Carpets a few months. It is owned by go-ahead businessman Mike Jefferson, who runs ‘Planet Bingo’ at Mandeville Street and ‘Enzo’s Gym’ behind the ‘Zama’ coffee shop. It will provide seven full time and part time jobs and will be open from 7am until7pm on weekdays and 1-5pm on Sundays.
Said manager, “We have a wide range of the normal treats you’d expect in a coffee shop and we believe it will add a bit of welcome life to Edenderry.”