Woodsides store facing closure

Still busy working away: Woodsides owner Niall McConkey.
Still busy working away: Woodsides owner Niall McConkey.

ONE of Ballyclare’s oldest family businesses is facing closure within a matter of weeks.

Woodsides, which has traded in the town for nearly 40 years, went into administration on October 17.

The supermarket, which is now known as Woodsides SuperValu, moved to new purpose-built premises at Granges Street five years ago. However, it has struggled to attract sufficient numbers of shoppers since the opening of the town’s new ASDA superstore in March 2008.

The store, which employs more than 30 full-time and part-time staff, is still trading as normal, and it’s understood the administrator will try to sell the business as a going concern. However, if that fails, the supermarket will be closed down, possibly within a matter of weeks.

Owner of Woodsides, Niall McConkey, whose parents Herbie and Elizabeth opened the store in Ballyclare in 1972, is devastated that the company has gone into administration, but said he had to take the decision due to financial pressures on the business.

Read the full story and reaction from the store’s customers in this week’s Times...