No vinyl countdown for Douglas record store hit by shopping centre fire

No vinyl countdown for Douglas record store hit by shopping centre fire
Owner of Music Zone in Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Ray O'Brien, said he plans to continue trading while the shopping mall remains closed following a cart park fire at the weekend.

THE owner of one of Cork’s most loved record stores is hoping to keep on trading until he can access his unit at Douglas Village Shopping Centre.

A car park fire over the weekend has left part of the building structurally compromised and demolition works will be needed to make the rest of the centre safe before traders can return to their stores.

It is unclear how much of the building will be demolished and traders have not been given any indication of a timeframe for when the centre will return to trading following a fire last Saturday evening.

Estimates for the centre to be reopened to the public vary widely with some saying it could be months before the public can access businesses on the premises.

However, businesses are already rallying and helping each other out in the village.

Ray O'Brien of Music Zone has said he plans to keep selling records with help from Falveys Pharmacy on the Main Street.

Mr O’Brien said in an email to customers he will continue to source new releases for his loyal customer base.

“I am fairly hopeful and confident that we don't have huge damage (smoke and water) to the unit or the stock… [We] will have some bit alright but fingers crossed with that.

“The car park where the fire was is mainly over the big service yard on the Douglas east/west link roadside and only slightly over some shops left and across from me...I hope it's not too bad in there also.

“The units and the mall should be structurally fine but until the car park is demolished I have no access to my unit “l can't access the records but I still need to try and trade some little bit. The shop needs some income stream no matter how little.

“Conor Falvey of Falveys chemist on the main street very very kindly offered to take in any boxes for me so I am going to keep getting the new releases including this week's ones for the 6th of Sept delivered to Falveys where I will collect them daily and try to do a little bit of trade from the boot of my car...very close to the shopping centre,” Mr O’Brien added.

Local councillor Mary Rose Desmond (FF) has been keen to stress that Douglas Village is not closed and is “very much open for business” since the incident occurred.

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