End of an era as Dundalk Shopping Centre closes

The Old Shopping Centre

The Old Shopping Centre

It will be the end of an era this Saturday when the door closes of the Old Dundalk Shopping Centre for the final time after 40 years in the town.

A wave of nostalgia has been going around the town in recent weeks ahead of the Dundalk landmark closure.

Opening in 1974, the Old Shopping Centre was the first enclosed centre in the town.

It brought both large chains and local traders together in unity under one roof

A hive of activity, the Casino cinemas and Ashely Arms were a hit with locals and were the meeting place for couples that would spend the rest of their lives together.

On Saturday it will close for the final time to make way for a new Tesco superstore.

Family butchers Joe Traynor’s and Hickeys Pharmacy will relocate to a temporary unit on the Avenue Road on Monday, 9 December.

Traynor’s will move into a custom built unit when the project is completed next year.

Jimmy Traynor, whose father Joe established the butchers in 1974 spoke of the fond memories he had of the shopping centre over the years.

“We have seen big changes over the years,” said Joe. “And there are so many memories.

“The centre was booming back in the day and we have seen families grow-up”.

“We have very loyal customers who continued shopping with us over the years and we are grateful for their custom.

“We look forward to continuing to serve the people of Dundalk.”


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