Retailing in Naas has received a vote of confidence with the re-opening of a closed shoe shop under new ownership.
Hynes’ Shoes at North Main Street closed in March after some 21 years in business. Now it’s been transformed into Whelan’s Shoes selling footwear for all. It’s run by the Whelan family who also own the Menswear clothing retail unit on the opposite side of the street.
“The premises is owned by Oliver Keenan and it became vacant about 4 weeks ago. There was a lot of disappointment locally that the shop had closed and there was no shop selling shoes for children in the town. As a family we sat down, had a look and decided to give it a go. There has always been a shop there,” Richie Whelan told the Leader.
It’s early days yet but he is confident the business can succeed despite the recession and other factors which have forced other enterprises to close.
“We’ve got great support from the public and other retailers since we opened and it’s a little boost for the town as well because other shops have closed.” Richie took over Menswear 21 years ago and while business is “difficult” he has has been trading successfully.
He said that the lack of adequate car parking in the town is a problem but added that the introduction of free parking Saturdays has helped as well as highlighting the fact parking is also free on Sundays.