Two SuperValu supermarkets set to close in November
Nan's SuperValu on Ballymun's Main Street and SuperValu, Market Cross Shopping Centre, Kilkenny, will close in the coming weeks
20 October 2023
SuperValu stores in Ballymun, Dublin and in Market Cross Shopping Centre, Kilkenny, are sadly set to shut their doors for the final time in just weeks, The Sun reports.
Nan’s SuperValu on Ballymun’s Main Street, which currently employs 45 people. will cease operations on Friday, 17 November.
SuperValu cited “increased trading challenges” and “decreased footfall” as reasons for the “sustained performance difficulties at the store” in a statement, DublinLive reported.
The retailer added that it is “committed to working with [the employees] to support them in finding alternative employment within our store network and beyond”.
“The decision to close the store has not been taken lightly and every option to address the long-term viability of the store was considered but to no avail. The closure is in no way a reflection of the hard work, commitment and support of our great team in store, who we are very grateful for.”
Managing owner, Robert Murphy, has since updated customers about the post office which operates at the back of the SuperValu store, stating that it “will continue as normal and will remain open and in its current location for six months”.
“Our plan during this time is to manage our Centra business on Shangan Road and to find a new location for the post office in and around the main street of Ballymun. Our catering business will move into our Centra on Shangan Road,” Murphy added.
“We are still now, and more than ever, committed to Ballymun and helping our town to flourish,” he said.
Ballymun locals have expressed their disappointment on social media for those in the local area and the affected staff, as well as some voicing concerns that Ballymun is becoming a “ghost town”.
KCLR 86FM has reported SuperValu Market Cross will continue to operate business until 25 November 2023.
The store currently employs 38 people, with staff advised of the decision on 17 October.
According to a statement from Musgrave, the decision to close the store was taken after every option to address its long-term viability was considered.