Updated: 29/09/17 : 07:28:58
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Perry sells supermarket to new retailer

The shutters coming down on Perry's Supermarket in Ballymote fuelled speculation that the premises incorporating a delicatessen and off-licence had closed for good despite a notice stating ‘Great News, New Look Store Opening Soon.’

Sligo Today can confirm that the premises has been sold to a new retail operator.

Although the Perry management team were remaining tight-lipped about the arrangement this reporter understands that the team are 'very happy' with the financial aspect of the deal.

The nearby Perry's Hardware shop also closed recently with 'New Store Opening' and 'We Have Moved' emblazoned across its blanked out windows. The hardware stock was merged into the now sold Supermarket premises.

                            The sign on the closed shutters. Photo: SligoToday.ie

The Cafe, Takeaway and Pizzeria Restaurant next door are all operating as normal as is the Auto-Launderette and Car Cleaning and Valeting business in the rear car park.

The Coach House Hotel, once operated by the former junior minister, has denied that it is closing despite cutting its opening hours to just five days per week by now remaining closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Hoping that the revamped Perry's store will reopen soon, one business man said yesterday, "It doesn't look good for the town. There's a lot of closures recently, the Ulster Bank substituted by a van calling one a week for a couple of hours.

"Directly opposite Perrys, the solicitor's office Johnson & Johnson has closed up, its been there for generations, I know they're involved in another practice further down the town but another closed up premises is not exactly a confidence builder for the town.


"We've also seen the opening of a charity and second-hand shop in the town which further adds to the demise of a once thriving market town, its sad."

"The town once boasted over twenty busy pubs now that down to three or four with some of them only opening in the evening, the town is finished," concluded the business person.

Perry's Hardware closed earlier this year with the stock incorporated into the now sold supermarket
Photo: SligoToday.ie

John Perry had earlier this year had confirmed to Sligo Today his intention to return to the political stage but would not be drawn on whether he would contest the local or general election or whether he would stay with Fine Gael or stand as an Independent.

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