Landmark family-run Cork city shop set to close after 40 years

Landmark family-run Cork city shop set to close after 40 years
Finbarr Cahill of Finbarr Cahill Menswear, Boyswear, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork. Picture: Denis Scannell

ONE of Cork's most renowned family-run stores is to shut its doors after four decades in business.

Finbarr Cahill's Menswear on Oliver Plunkett Street is set to close in the coming weeks, but its store in Carrigaline will continue to operate.

It is understood that the growth of online retail and access issues have become significant problems for the business over time and that it no longer was economically viable to continue to run two outlets.

Founded in 1980, by the late Finbarr Cahill, the business has been run by his son Brendan for the last few years.

The second-generation business is well known to Cork people, many of whom purchased school uniforms for their children in the local business for many years. 

The news follows other recent closures of family businesses in the city.

In January, stalwart Cork business Finn's Corner closed its doors after 142 years in operation, following the retirement of the owners.

At the helm of the successful enterprise was former international rugby legend, Moss Finn and his brother, Irish Angler, William Finn.

McLaughlin's Pet and Garden store is also closing its city store this month in a bid to centralise operations in their Bandon headquarters.

The store on Ship Street opened in 1978, but due to challenging conditions was no longer economically viable enough to remain open. 

In a statement the business said:

"McLaughlin's of Ship Street, Cork will close its doors for the final time in March 2020 after serving the Cork community since 1978 and spanning three generations.

"The decision to close our Cork store comes on the back of increasing competitive market challenges and the decision to centralise our operations to our headquarters in Bandon."

Finbarr Cahill's Menswear will close in the next few weeks, but the Carrigaline outlet will remain open, as well as their online store.  

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