Ballyclare business to close

Woodsides.

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ONE of Ballyclare’s oldest family businesses will close its doors for the final time this weekend.

Woodsides, which has traded in the town for nearly 40 years, went into administration last month.

The department store is expected to shut on Saturday (November 26) with the loss of around 30 full-time and part-time jobs.

However, it will be business as usual for the Post Office, which is based in the store.

Woodsides, owned by Ballyclare businessman Niall McConkey, moved to new purpose-built premises at Granges Street five years ago. However, it has struggled to compete for custom since ASDA opened a new superstore in the town in March 2008.

Mr McConkey said that he had done everything possible to keep the business running, including joining forces with the SuperValu group in 2009. But despite his best efforts, the store, which was opened by his parents in 1972, has become the latest victim of the tough economic climate.

A spokeswoman for the Post Office said the Woodsides’ closure would not affect business at its Ballyclare branch and opening times would remain unaffected.