The outlet is to close by November, with staff to be offered redeployment to the retailer’s other Cork stores in Blackpool and Mahon.
According to the website http://www.corkpastandpresent.ie, the location has been the site of everything from a jail to a courthouse - with a history that stretches back to medieval times.
It was rebuilt later that century but remained a courthouse until a new courthouse was established on Washington Street (then Great George’s Street).
The Queen’s Old Castle was in operation as a department store, one of the most popular in Cork right through from the 1840s to the 1970s. It survived the Burning of Cork in 1920 and ownership changed hands a number of times over the decades.
The Queen’s Old Castle Shopping Centre was opened by former Taoiseach and beloved Cork icon on 7 May 1980.
The Virgin Megastore was opened by Roy Keane in December 1997, followed two month later by Argos. Virgin closed in 2009 and that store, which changed hands a number of times in the last decade, is currently a Dealz.