Belfast Telegraph

Eason closing two Northern Ireland shops

Lease ends: Rushmere in Craigavon
Lease ends: Rushmere in Craigavon
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

Bookseller Eason is closing two of its Northern Ireland outlets.

It has shut its store at Craigavon's Rushmere Shopping Centre after more than four decades in business.

And the company will also shut down its Newry store at Buttercrane Shopping Centre in July after nearly 30 years.

Eason was one of the earliest retailers to operate from Rushmere, opening in 1976.

A spokesman for the company said that the decision to close the stores was made after lease negotiations failed.

It will be left with seven stores in Northern Ireland, after others were closed in recent years.

A spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the closure of two Eason stores in Northern Ireland.

"Eason in Craigavon has closed and Eason in Newry will close shortly.

"The decision to close the stores in Newry and Craigavon was made following unsuccessful attempts to secure terms on the stores leases."

It was not clear if staff had been redeployed. The spokeswoman said: "I can confirm a consultation took place with all employees.

Martin Walsh, Rushmere centre manager, said: "The lease for the unit which Eason occupies is coming to an end and Eason has decided not to renew.

"It is of course disappointing to see them go, having been an integral presence on the mall since 1976.

"We have already had plenty of interest in what is a super unit in a prime location within the centre, and are confident it will be snapped up quickly to maintain Rushmere's fully let status."

Eason's remaining stores are in Belfast, Newtownabbey, Lisburn, Bangor, Enniskillen, Coleraine and Foyleside. It has shut shops in Newtownards, Ballymena and west Belfast.

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