The Carphone Warehouse is to close all of its stores across the Republic, with around 500 people set to lose their jobs.
The phone and electronics company will permanently close its three shops in Galway city, including its store on Shop Street between McDonald’s and McCambridge’s.
All 81 Carphone Warehouse stores in Ireland are to close down as well as the company’s website.
In a statement this morning, The Carphone Warehouse said: “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.
“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 statement says that footfall in our Carphone Warehouse stores is down significantly, and they do not expect many customers to sign new contracts during this time.
“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.”