Tommy Hilfiger closes

ONE of Dundalks’ flagship clothes retailers is set to close it’s doors this week, with the announcement that Tommy Hilfiger on Earl Street is shutting down.

ONE of Dundalks’ flagship clothes retailers is set to close it’s doors this week, with the announcement that Tommy Hilfiger on Earl Street is shutting down.

Signs were plastered on the main window on Thursday at the store, with the words“closing down sale”.

It will be the first time the premises has been closed for over a century and a half.

A member of staff confirmed to the Democrat that the store would close, and speaking to the Democrat Conor McKenna told the paper that: “The five year contract has come to an end and has ceased as per a mutual agreement.”

The shop was previously owned by Brian O’Neill, and it burned to the ground, before being taken over by PJ Kenna.

Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce said: “It’s a sign of times, and no more then you would expect at the moment.

“Many outlets are looking at cutting back and cutting their clothe to suit the current trading environments.

“Earl Street has always been a good shopping street down through the years and with the renovation of the new Town Square, the area has really come back to life. I would hope that a retailer can be found for the spot now.”

Mr Malone believes that in more broader sense that rates are an area that the council should be looking at changing.

“We at the Chamber of Commerce would hope to talk to the DTC regarding rates and making taking up a retail outlet more attractive to new businesses.”