O’Crualaoi Butchers & Delicatessen will close its Main Street Carrigaline retail outlet next Thursday with the loss of 13 jobs.
The store, which opened in 2010, features a butcher counter, a deli and café in a 5,000 square foot modern build premises.
In a statement released to the Evening Echo, a spokesperson for the long-established family business said the store has been a loss-maker but its four other retail stores will not be affected.
“The company very much regrets the impact of the decision on the employees in Carrigaline and the directors have confirmed that outplacement support will be provided for all the employees,” the spokesperson said.
“The Carrigaline store is one of five retail outlets operated by O’Crualaoi Butchers & Delicatessen. The outlets in Ballincollig, Fermoy and Wilton are not impacted by this announcement. When the Carrigaline store opened in October 2010, a specific operating model was introduced. However, the model simply hasn’t delivered and the Carrigaline store has been loss-making.
“The directors of O’Crualaoi Butchers & Delicatessen wish to sincerely thank the employees and the people of Carrigaline for their tremendous support.
“O’Crualaoi Butchers & Delicatessen is a second generation family business which was established over sixty years ago. Today, the company employs over one hundred people,” they added.
Local Councillor Seamus McGrath (FF) said the store has served the community well and the closure is indicative of independent businesses struggling in competition with large-scale retailers.
“I am extremely disappointed to learn of the closure of O’Crualaoi’s in Carrigaline. When the business opened in 2010, it was a major addition to the town and of course it provided local employment for many people and I am particularly sorry for the staff involved,” he said.
"I think we have seen many examples of the challenges faced by many independent retailers in towns and villages across the county in trying to compete with larger supermarkets and shopping centres.
“This is an ongoing problem and one which there is no easy answer to. I very much regret any business closing in Carrigaline, but thankfully it must be recognised that there are new businesses opening up as well,” he added.