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Eason to close Northern Ireland stores

The book and stationery retailer’s seven shops in the region have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Book and stationary shop Eason has told its 144 employees it will not be reopening its stores in Northern Ireland (Paul Faith/PA)

Book and stationary shop Eason has told its 144 employees it will not be reopening its stores in Northern Ireland (Paul Faith/PA)

Book and stationary shop Eason has told its 144 employees it will not be reopening its stores in Northern Ireland (Paul Faith/PA)

Book and stationery retailer Eason has told employees it will not be reopening its stores in Northern Ireland.

Its seven shops in the region – employing 144 staff – have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The company said: “The announcement follows a detailed review of the stores in Northern Ireland in the context of the devastating impact of Covid-19 on current and future trade and the implications of a number of other significant factors on the future prospects and sustainability of the business in Northern Ireland.”

Glyn Roberts, chief executive of Retail NI, said it was sad news.

“Eason & Son was a household name and a hugely respected local business, and its closure is a loss to our retail sector.

“It’s not just the loss of the business – it is the reduced footfall for the surrounding traders located beside its seven stores that we also have to factor in.

“Our retail sector and town centres face a long road back and we need the Executive to bring forward a big, bold recovery plan to help create 21st century high streets and to support and grow our local retail sector.”

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