The Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District and the Chairman of the Consumers’Association of Ireland, Michael Kilcoyne, has today called on Argos to reconsider its decision to close all its retail outlets in the Republic.
There are 34 Argos stores in Ireland, including one in Castlebar, Sligo and another in Galway city.
Almost 600 staff in Argos stores across the Republic of Ireland will be impacted by the closure.
While some of the stores will close from March as their leases expire the remainder will close by the end of June.
The company has cited trading conditions in Ireland, including rents and the overall cost of doing business here, as the reasons behind the closure.
Cathaoirleach Kilcoyne says it’s another UK business pulling out of Ireland, and he is calling on the Irish government to look at what can be done to retain companies like Argos that provide local employment and choice to consumers.
He has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the closure announcement…