THERE are fears for the future of up to 20 jobs in Ennis this week after Galway-based furniture chain Curley’s Interiors ceased trading last Saturday and was placed into receivership.
The Ballybrit-headquartered business operated stores in Ennis, Galway and Kilkenny, but following notice of a creditor’s meeting, which was advertised in last Thursday’s edition of The Daily Mirror, it closed its doors on Saturday.
Customers to the Ennis branch on the Kilrush Road on Saturday were greeted by signs that said, “Curley Furniture Carpets Limited (in receivership) has ceased trading” and they were advised to contact receivers Grant Thornton in Galway with any queries.
“This is a viable business,” one worker told The Clare People on Monday, “and we turned up for work this morning but were locked out and we were stopped from doing our work,” the worker added.
The matter is set to move to the High Court this week as the company owners seek to secure an injunction that would allow the Ennis branch of the furniture retailer to re-open for business.
“We have over half a million worth of orders to fulfill and we are being prevented from doing that because we are locked out. This is unfair and something has to be done about that and that’s why it’s in the High Court,” another worker told The Clare People.
On April 2, Grant Thornton were appointed joint receivers and managers of the chain of furniture stores, which employ up to 80 people at its three branches. The Ennis branch, which was originally located in the Westpoint Business Park on the Kilrush Road, was opened in 2002, but five years later relocated to a larger premises at the Kilrush Road Retail Park, as the business expanded to incorporate Home Gallery – a shop that combined mirrors, pictures, lighting, accessories, soft furnishings and furniture in themed settings. The Home Gallery shop remains open.
Accounts published last year showed that Curley’s Furniture and Carpets showed a pre-tax loss of €3.8 million in 2009, a restructuring programme was put in place last month when the company name changed from Curley’s Furniture to Curley’s Interiors.

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Joe Ó Muircheartaigh graduated from University College Dublin in 1989 with a degree in history and politics. After completing a Diploma in Journalism at The College of Commerce, Rathmines in 1991, he embarked on a career in journalism. Joe spent four years with Clare FM from 1992 and was with The Clare Champion from 1996 to 2005. He has won two McNamee Awards for GAA journalism and has published two books. Contact Joe on [email protected]

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