Up to seven retail businesses in the city centre have closed since the start of 2019 and another is set to cease trading in the coming weeks.
Some of the businesses that have closed, or announced plans to close, in recent times include well-known brands such as Newbridge Silverware, Fat Face and Athlete’s Foot.
In a statement posted on social media on Saturday, Fat Face announced that its Princes Street store would close next month.
Against this background, the newly-formed Cork City Traders Association said that the controversial Patrick Street car ban, which prevents private cars from using Cork’s main street from 3pm to 6.30pm, is crippling retail trade.
However, Cork City Council has insisted that shop closures are part of a “global challenge” facing retailers and are not linked to City Hall’s transport strategy.