40 jobs at risk in Omagh

Nearly 40 jobs are at risk in Omagh following the announcement that DIY chain Homebase is proposing to close its store in the town.

The move, one of several recent closeures, comes as the UK-wide retailer is the potential subject of a takeover bid.

However, the firm has been called on to justify its plans in Omagh by SDLP Cllr Daniel McCrossan.

“Employees at the Homebase store in Omagh will be deeply troubled by the letter delivered to staff today detailing that the store is earmarked for closure,” he said.

“Questions must be asked when despite its longtime place in Omagh, despite the £250,000 profit turned over last year and despite the fact that the Omagh site is among the top five Homebase stores in Ireland, the management still sees fit to propose its closure.”

Adding that the store had been part of the community, he said one month’s consultation was little preparation for what was a devastating blow for the 39 staff.

Management must make every effort to retain the site and “demonstrate that their decision has not yet been made, that they are open to changing their minds and that they have the welfare of the staff as a priority in any decision that is made.”