Owner “devastated” by closure of Mace store in Ballyshannon

The owner of Ormston’s Mace in Ballyshannon, Fred Ormston, says he is devastated for the staff and suppliers to his store which has closed overnight with the loss of 30 jobs (part and full-time).

The owner of Ormston’s Mace in Ballyshannon, Fred Ormston, says he is devastated for the staff and suppliers to his store which has closed overnight with the loss of 30 jobs (part and full-time).

As reported last night by Donegal Democrat online, staff were briefed circa 7.30pm on Monday evening that the store would close. This morning the doors at the centre of town supermarket are closed.

Mr Ormston thanked the customers for their loyal support through the years.

Cllr Barry O’Neill said the closure had “created a black hole” in Ballyshannon which has suffered numerous jobs blows over the years.

Cllr O’Neill said businesses such as Mace in Ballyshannon had major problems with the payment of high rates and he felt a move to assist businesses needed to be made.

He added: “After nine years in politics I have ‘no confidence in nobody’ at this time. It doesn’t matter who you make representations to in government.”

He said “more could be done” to help the business re-open “an that’s with respect to everybody”. He confirmed he had spokent to the Donegal County Manager last night about the closure.

Cllr O’Neill said his own family had three businesses in the town and “every day I see the reality they face every day”. He added: “I will do my best for the people of Ballyshannon”.