Jobs at risk as Eason to shut NI shop
More than a dozen jobs are at risk at Eason in Ballymena after it announced it will shut its doors next month.
It is pulling down the shutters after more than 30 years in business in the Co Antrim town.
The bookstore told staff this week that its Fairhill Shopping Centre store would be shutting at the end of next month.
It says following the expiry of its lease, it was "unable to reach a viable agreement on the terms of a new lease" and now has no option but to close.
Eason has also said it is "fully committed to exploring all possible options" to transfer staff to other Eason stores in Northern Ireland.
Eason currently has 10 stores in Northern Ireland, including its large two-storey flagship shop at Donegall Place in Belfast.
"The decision to close the Fairhill store was a commercial one and Eason remains fully committed to the ongoing operation and development of its wider Northern Ireland retail estate," Eason said.