Shock at the forthcoming closure of Superquinn in Naas has turned to anger among staff who believe they were kept in the dark by the company.
The store, which has been opened since 1985, is due to shut on February 4 next. The site occupied by Superquinn is owned by Penneys, which plans a new store development there. Superquinn has been linked with a move to the old vocational school site at Newbridge Road but plans for development appear to have stalled.
A Mandate union meeting was held at the store this morning, Thursday January 6.
Speaking after the meeting this morning, trade union official Gerry Light blamed the company for not keeping its workers updated on negotiations with Penneys over the lease.
"Staff feel they were short changed and lied to," claimed Mr Light.
The union, which represents the threatened 110 staff, will meet with management next Tuesday morning to commence negotiations on redundancy and redeployment.
Shop steward Niall Dunleavy said yesterday's news had come as a bolt from the blue for staff.
He added that customers are expressing "genuine shock that a company trading as long as Superquinn has could turn its back on the town and walk away".