THE UK’s leading children’s charity, Barnardo’s has confirmed that its store in Strabane is to close.
Suggesting the Railway Street outlet has failed to turn a profit in recent times, the development has been described as “sad.”
However a spokesperson for the charity said they could not rule out re-opening in the town in the near future.
“Our retail stores are one of our main sources of income to support our work with children, young people and families,” they said.
“If a store is not turning a profit we have to make a decision as to whether it makes business sense to keep it open.
“Unfortunately in the case of the shop in Strabane although we had tried to improve its income we were in a position where it was not economically viable to remain open.
“We do not take these decisions lightly and we understand the impact of the loss of the shop to the staff, volunteers, customers and community in Strabane. We would hope that in the future we would open another shop in Strabane and in the meantime we would like to thank our customers, those who donated goods, our staff and volunteers for all their support, hard work and dedication over the years.”
Local independent councillor Patsy Kelly said it’s a shame the store has to close.
“Is it dire times or is it the wrong location?” the local councillor asked.
“It’s sad to see this happening no matter what.
“I know it’s a charity but they’ll have overheads just the same as any other business. They can’t run a store at a loss and by the sound of things they’ve tried everything they could.
“It’s especially sad for those people who gave up their time to work in the shop.”