Dunnes Stores decided to close its Gorey store after the receiver was granted an injunction forcing it to close the door to the surface car park, the managing agents of the Gorey Shopping Centre have told tenants.
More than 100 Dunnes staff at the store were left shocked and without definite work on Thursday night when the supermarket was suddenly closed without warning and without any explanation.
Now Bannon Property Consultants, the managing agents, have told the tenants that the closure followed the granting of the injunction.
'As you are aware, Dunnes Stores opened a door leading directly to the surface car park last November. The net effect of opening the door was that customers could bypass the smaller traders on the mall and it was a clear breach of the lease obligations,' Bannon's said in the letter sent to all the other tenants in the centre.
'Dunnes Stores were asked to close the door on numerous occasions but refused to engage on the issue. To protect the business of the smaller traders on the mall the Receiver sought an injunction to force Dunnes Stores to close the door to the surface car park and that injunction was granted yesterday (Thursday, May 21) pending a formal arbitration hearing.
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'Following the court's decision, Dunnes Stores have taken the decision to close the store with immediate effect. We appreciate how serious this issue is for all involved and we will keep you informed of any progress,' said the letter signed by a Ray Geraghty, on behalf of Bannons.