INTERNATIONAL sports gear and footwear giant Nike is understood to be seriously considering the future of its store in Killarney as part of an overall review of operations.
KillarneyToday.com understands that staff in the busy store in Killarney Outlet Centre – where over 20 people are employed – have been briefed on the matter and while possible closure has been mentioned, the formal line currently is that the situation is under ongoing review.
It is further understood that no official notification of the company’s intentions has been received.
Killarney Outlet Centre manager, Paul Sherry, said he is aware of rumours that are circulating in the public domain about the future of the store but he was not in a position to comment any further at this stage.
He said he expects matters might become clearer in the weeks ahead.
The busy Nike store – entering its 23rd year in Killarney – is one of the anchor tenants in the centre and its sports apparel range for ladies, men and children has been in big demand since the outlet shop first opened.
The store – which opens seven days a week – has been in big demand with visitors to the town and it is particularly popular with shoppers from Cork and other counties in Munster who travel to Killarney to shop there.
Nike creates very good footfall in the town right through the year and it plays an important part in the commercial life of the area.
During the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, very long queues formed each day outside the Nike store with the public anxious to purchase good value sportswear in the knowledge that they would be spending much more time engaged in outdoor activity.
Nike, with a headquarters in Oregon in the US, also has factory stores in Kildare Village, on Snugborough Road in Dublin and in Banbridge, Co Down.
KillarneyToday.com emailed a series of questions to the the company’s media office, based in the UK, but no response had been received at the time of publication.