Classifying retailers as ‘non-essential’ makes no sense in border counties when retailers in Northern Ireland are trading without restrictions
Retailers in Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan are waking up this morning to the news that once again only those classed as essential (food stores, pharmacies, opticians etc) will remain open whilst those classed as non-essential (clothing, footwear, gift & department stores etc) will close.
Duncan Graham Managing Director of Retail Excellence noted there are 10 weeks left until Christmas and is the most important period of the year for retailers for turnover and profit. Restrictions at this time of the year are devastating for the industry in these border counties and could result in up to 10,000 jobs being put at risk. Up to 20% of the workforce is employed in retail in these counties. It is inevitable that this move will result in some businesses having to shut for good despite the introduction of the CRSS in this week’s budget.
It makes no sense to have retailers trading ‘normally’ in Northern Ireland whilst some of those trading south of the border will have to close.
This move will only result in more shoppers going online to do their Christmas shopping. We have seen a big spike in online shopping this year and 70% of the money that’s taken through purchases on line goes out of the country.
We urge shoppers in Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan who may be considering shopping on line to shop with their local, Irish retailer and to avail of other services such as click and collect which should not be impacted by these restrictions.