Revenue begins application for orders to wind up beauty salons
THE Collector General has begun applying for court orders to wind up the Free Spirit Hair & Beauty Salon chain, which describes itself as Ireland's only business offering a "completely holistic approach" to hair, beauty, nails and health.
Initially launched in the IFSC in 2002, Free Spirit first added a Dundrum outlet before making a splash in 2007 by opening salons in Sandyford, Drogheda and CityWest.
Notices placed in yesterday's newspapers showed the Collector General was set to petition the courts for wind-up orders against Free Spirit, Citywest; Free Spirit, Drogheda; and Free Spirit Hair & Beauty Salon on February 1.
The three companies cover Free Spirit's operations in Citywest, Drogheda and the IFSC. It is understood the Collector General will today publish similar notices for Free Spirit, Sandyford; and Free Spirit, Dundrum.
If successful, the winding-up petitions would see all five companies liquidated, with any funds realised going first to service the tax debt.
A manager at one of the salons said she was "quite shocked" to hear of the notices. Free Spirit owner Tina Fearon could not be reached for comment.
When Free Spirit added three new salons in 2007, the chain was reportedly on the cusp of a major expansion, including outlets in Athlone, Belfast and Craigavon.
The chain's website lists the Belfast salon, which is unaffected by the Collector General's move, but there is no trace of outlets in Athlone or Craigavon.