The need for more supports and incentives for domestic businesses has been highlighted in the wake of the shock closure of a popular Clonmel town-centre restaurant.
Mr. Bumbles restaurant, on Kickham Street, closed its doors for a final time last week, after nearly 20 years of trading.
The well established business, which incorporated a bed and breakfast, is now on the market.
Speaking in the wake of the closure CEO of Clonmel Chamber Brian Cleary called for better supports for domestic businesses. “This has happened because there is a loss of confidence in the domestic economy,” he said. While there are lots of government initiatives they are not having an impact on a local level and the cost of doing business, like rates and water charges, are hampering business.
Mr. Cleary said it was sad to see the restaurant closing, especially as one of the things consistently seen in local market research is that people want more choice in eateries. “The owners of Mr. Bumbles should be congratulated for making every effort, they had a good product from the day they opened.”
Mr. Bumbles restaurant had a capacity of 65 to 70 people and in recent years had worked hard to offer good value to locals with Express Lunch and Early Bird Dinner menus.
A report on vacant commercial premises, released this week, says that there are 929 in county Tipperary, an average vacancy rate in the county of 10% according to the first GeoView Quarterly Commercial Premises Vacancy Rates Report published jointly by GeoDirectory and DKM Economic Consultants.