BUSINESSES in Athy need to up their game and enhance what they are offering to the buying public if they are to safeguard the future of the town centre.
Adrian Conlan, President of the local Chamber of Commerce, said there needs to be a change of mindset among the business community, the public and the council in the aftermath of 42 jobs being lost with the closure of Tiernan’s SuperValu.
An emergency meeting of Athy Chamber is planned and the organisation is also seeking an urgent meeting with the elected members of Athy municipal district and the county manager.
“It’s a very sad moment for the owner and the staff. This is a shop which has been trading for a number of years and this business, along with other family owned businesses are facing significant challenges. It sends out a very clear message to business people in Athy that we need to up our game and enhance the offering to the buying public. We also need to educate the public about the products and services, as well as the value that Athy has to offer, and to encourage people to shop in Athy and not leave for to shop in other towns.
“We want to meet to explore all avenues to ensure that businesses can be attracted to Athy to stem the tide of people from the town with their hard earned cash leaving to go shopping in other towns. There is a perception out there that Athy is not a good shopping town and that mindset needs to change.”