486 jobs lost as Carphone Warehouse closes in Ireland
The company announced the closure today.
486 jobs have been lost as Carphone Warehouse closes in Ireland.
The phone retailer announced the news today, saying that a drop in in-store footfall as well as the company's changing status has led to the immediate nationwide closure of all stores.
In a statement shared on their website, the company said that the "difficult decision" had been accelerated by shoppers' changing habits during the pandemic.
"As part of Dixons Carphone’s broader transformation, of one joined up and profitable business, it has made the difficult but necessary decision to close Carphone Warehouse in Ireland, in line with its decision to close all standalone Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK in 2020," they said.
"Customers are changing the way they buy mobile devices and connectivity, replacing their handsets less often and buying them separately or as part of more flexible bundles.
"Although these changes in behaviour were anticipated, they were expected to occur over a longer period of time. However, the change in shopping behaviours has been accelerated by the pandemic."
The company said that the decision was no reflection on its staff's "commitment, dedication, and professionalism."
"Footfall in our Carphone Warehouse stores is down significantly, and we don’t expect many customers to sign new contracts with us during this time; our stores will therefore close immediately," they said.
"We’ll continue to help our customers via our central customer support team and will also ask some colleagues to provide operational support over the coming days."
The brand will continue to offer customer services through Currys PC World stores and on Currys.ie.
You can find out more information on existing contracts and more here.