HAVING served the people of Rathangan for over sixty years, Hackett’s Gala supermarket was forced to take the very painful decision to close recently.
On Sunday March 11, the door was closed and chained up and the shop has remained shut ever since. Francis Hackett explained the family were just coming to terms with what had happened. Hit hard by the recession and the dependency on the construction industry, the store which was founded by his father Alphonsus (Alo), was one of the longest established businesses in the town.
“We have served the people of Rathangan and surrounding areas for years and we wanted to keep it going but we couldn’t. We have employed a huge number of students and local people over the years and it was with great sadness that we had to close. Since it happened we have had a lot of well wishes from people and it’s good to hear them. We have had a large number of loyal customers over the years and we appreciate all that people have done for us,” he said.
Francis believes the economic downturn had a big part to play in the closure. During the boom, with so many carpenters, builders, electricians and other tradesmen working and living locally, the deli and newsagents was hugely busy.
When asked if there is any chance, he might open up again, he replied; “We just don’t know yet what’s in the future. We would like to thank the people of Rathangan for their best wishes and comments.”