LOCAL retailer Damien Donegan has described as “bullsh*t” Dundalk Town Council’s decision to close the road leading to Clanbrassil Street from Market Square.
The Costcutter store owner is so irate over the closure of the road last Wednesday that he is threatening to close the store this Saturday.
He claims that there has been a 30pc drop off in business since work on the revamp of Market Square commenced last week with the closure of the road being blamed as the primary factor.
Although Dundalk Town Council have opened an alternative route onto Clanbrassil Street from The Demesne at Eimear Court, Donegan claims it is “not worth a toss.”
The Kildare native spent e250,000 kitting out the former Toymasters building at the end of last year before eventually opening in the days before Christmas.
He has been steadily growing the business since then, claiming that he had just managed to break even in recent weeks. However, an alarming drop in customers since the road at Market Square closed on Wednesday, coupled with enforcement notices from the council regarding signage and goods being displayed outside the shop, has prompted Donegan to pull the plug on the popular convenience store.
Speaking to The Dundalk Democrat about the matter, Damien said he was “very, very upset” to have to make the decision but felt he had no choice to over the council’s “bullsh*t” decision to close the road at Market Square.
He said: “There’s no way that road should be closed but because it is I’m down 30pc in business. It had just got to the stage where we were starting to break even and I was really happy with how things were going.
“The council have been harassing me over the lotto and open signs I put up as well as over having fruit and veg displayed out the front of the shop but this was the final straw.”
A letter from the council over the unauthorised signs threatened action which could result in a maximum fine of e12,697,380, imprisonment not exceeding a year, or both.
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