Furniture retailers forced to shut
A well known Co Down furniture retailer is closing down after nearly 40 years in business.
Ballynahinch-based Pinewick is holding a closing down sale this week, during which £975,000 of stock will be sold at discounted prices.
Despite surviving many turbulent times during a 37-year retail history spanning five decades, the economic crisis and housing market slump have forced the company's directors to cease trading for good.
At one point the company employed 30 staff and in 1980 won a Northern Ireland Small Business award.
Managing director Mark Lucas said the decision to shut up shop had been difficult to make.
He said: "We are all very sad to be ending such a long association with our customers from all over the province. As a finale, we promise to give them the biggest sale that's been seen in County Down."
Private previews of the sale will run tomorrow and Thursday between 10am and 8pm, with the sale itself beginning at 10am this Friday, April 15 at the Pinewick showrooms on the Magheraknock Road in Ballynahinch.
Details are available on the Pinewick website. Log on to the site at www.pinewick.co.uk