Harvey Norman Ireland has announced that it is to close its furniture and bedding clearance outlet in Dundalk Retail Park as of Monday, June 17, 2013. The remaining staff at the outlet were informed of the company’s decision on Friday evening.
Up to thirteen jobs may be affected by the closure, though the company claim that “some portion of the affected employees can be redeployed within the organisation which has 12 full format stores around Ireland, employing more than 700 staff between its store network, technical and customer services and headquarters function.” A statement from the company also stated: “Harvey Norman has already begun the statutory process of consulting with the affected Outlet team on alternatives to the redundancies and a generously enhanced ex gratia package.”
Last year the store in the retail park announced that it would be losing its electrical sales section, to concentrate on furniture sales. AT the time it was hoped that the firm would be in a position to retain the furniture and clearance outlet in Dundalk but this has not bee the case.
The closure is a blow to the remaining employees in the store and also to Dundalk Retail Park in general.
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