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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Devastated Erdie calls it a day on Crossroads

David Tucker

Published 20/08/2013 | 05:42

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ONE of Wexford's longest-established convenience stores has closed down after 44 years in business.

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ONE of Wexford's longest-established convenience stores has closed down after 44 years in business.

Crossroads' owner Erdie Murphy, who became ill with cancer two years ago and lost a leg, blames the town's traffic management and the lights at the top of Hill Street for the demise in his business which meant he could no longer afford to pay staff to cover for him.

'The business has been in decline since the traffic management system started, then sickness kicked in and I'm not able to stand for long periods or to pay the staff for long hours,' he said.

'During the past 44 years we have only closed for a day-and-a-half and that's when my father Paddy died 25 years ago... I'm devastated at having to close,' said Erdie who closed the shutters on the business for the last time on Sunday night.

He said that when the traffic management system was introduced with traffic lights at the top of Hill Street it meant that people were no longer able to stop to pick up their fuel or pop into the store to get a paper.

'It was going down, but I was able to hold it together until I got sick,' said Erdie who recently let the last of his seven members of staff go. 'I have been here on my own for the last couple of weeks, but the store was open from 8 a.m. to 10.30 p.m., seven days a week which was just too much for me.'

Erdie said he had invested heavily in the business over the years and had lost a lot of money, but declined to say how much.

He said himself and his wife Sinead were now concentrating on the fuel side of the business which he would he operate from a home base and with his lorry to do deliveries.

He has not yet decided what to do with the Crossroads premises.

Thanking all his customers for their support over the years, Erdie said he had 'loved every minute of it'.

'The business has been good to me...but the final nail in the coffin was the traffic lights,' he said.

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