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Monday 22 January 2018

Old Dublin favourite Boyers department store to shut with loss of 83 jobs

The store employs 83 people, either directly or in concession.
The store employs 83 people, either directly or in concession.

Donal O’Donovan

Boyers Department store in Dublin will close on January 31 next year following an orderly wind-down, the company’s owners said today.

The store employs 83 people, either directly or in concession, and faces the already shut Clery’s across North Earl Street, close to O’Connell Street, is part of the Arnotts Group and the closure follows a takeover by developer Noel Smyth’s Fitzwilliam Finance Partners.

The closure will have no impact on the operations of the nearby Arnotts Department Store which will continue to trade as normal, the company said.

The shop closed early today and will reopen tomorrow.

In marked contrast to the shock closure of Clery’s with the immediate loss of all jobs, management and staff at Boyers were today informed of the plan to close the store on January 31 next following an orderly wind down.

Money to cover agreed redundancy payments for affected staff is to be ring fenced in a separate bank account that will be established in the joint names of Fitzwilliam Finance Partners and Mandate Trade Union.

A consultation process with employees and union representatives is underway, and management plans to implement what they described as a “comprehensive outplacement programme” to help staff find new work.

“The long notice period is designed to facilitate appropriate consultations with staff, along with suppliers and concessions holders. Following its closure, the Company will seek to sell the property, which is based at 19-22 North Earl Street, Dublin 1,” owner

Fitzwilliam Finance Partners said in a statement.

“The decision to close the business was a very difficult one and was only taken after Fitzwilliam Finance Partners carefully considered all the options,” the company said.

Fitzwilliam Finance Partners acquired an  initial interest in the Arnotts Group in December 2013 and bought out the remining stake in the business from US firm Apollo, a deal that closed last week.

The decision to shut the Boyers store, which is a prime redevelopment site, came after Fitzwilliam Finance Partners failed to identify an operator to manage the store, the company said.

“The decision to close Boyers early next year is very regrettable but unfortunately, was unavoidable.  We are absolutely committed to dealing with this development in a sensitive and respectful manner for all those concerned.  We are also committed to paying impacted colleagues  the redundancy terms agreed with their union representatives and have purposefully allowed for a significant time period between now and end of January next year for our concession partners and suppliers to manage their business affairs in an orderly fashion,” Noel Smyth said.

“I’d like to pay particular tribute to management and staff and to the Store’s customer base for their support and loyalty, and I would like to re-emphasise our commitment to achieving an orderly wind-down of the business for all stakeholder,.” he said.  

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