// Carphone Warehouse to shut 81 stores in the Republic of Ireland, resulting in nearly 500 job losses
// The closures comprise of 69 standalone stores & 12 stores within outlets
// The news comes just over a year after a similar store closure scheme in the UK
Carphone Warehouse is to shut 81 stores in the Republic of Ireland, a move that result in the loss of almost 500 jobs.
Parent company Dixons Carphone confirmed yesterday that it would close 69 of its standalone stores and 12 stores within outlets.
Staff were informed about the closures, the company said.
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Carphone Warehouse said that customers are changing the way they buy mobile devices.
It added that customers were replacing their handsets less often and were 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,” Dixons Carphone said in a statement.
“However, the change in shopping behaviours has been accelerated by the pandemic.
“Carphone Warehouse Ireland colleagues have worked hard to make Carphone Warehouse Ireland a success and have been the driving force behind its well-earned reputation for excellent customer service and support.
“This difficult decision is no reflection on their commitment, dedication, and professionalism.”
The news comes just over a year after Dixons Carphone announced a similar store closure scheme in the UK.
In March last year, just days before the nation entered its first nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, it was announced that all 531 Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK would shut down as part of the ongoing overhaul of Dixons Carphone’s mobile arm.
The UK store closures resulted n 2900 job losses.