The popular Ardee Bargain Store on Market Street in the town is staying open – weeks after it was announced that the shop was to close it’s doors.
In April, signs went up in the store window alerting customers to the fact the shop was closing after decades of business. Propietor Carmel Kelledy told ThisIsArdee.ie that the store was closing as she retired. However, the store has been given a new lease of life and is now remaining open.
Ardee Bargain Store has long been a favourite of locals in the town for household items, toiletries, fancy goods, toys, cards, gifts and more. Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie today, Peter Lawless said that he was keen to get the message out that the shop wasn’t closing after all.
“The shop is 29 years established and Carmel was taking a step back and it was going to close,” he said. “We had mixed feelings, I know Carmel, and we came together and we’re keeping it going. There’s so many places closing in Ardee and it’s depressing.
“It’s a good little business and it stood on it’s own feet for 30 years. We’re going to keep the same stock in it with a wee bit more top shelf stuff it someone wants a gift along with a card. It will be good quality at low cost,” Peter told us.
The shop remaining open is a boost to the retail landscape of the main street in Ardee and to employment too, with the retention of jobs that comes with it.
“We have Tina Cunningham from Ardee in there and Donna Short, who worked in the shop before, who will come back and do two or three days a week.
“The shop is open for business as normal and we’d like to offer our appreciation to the customers for all their business over the years. We’re very grateful and their support is welcomed.”