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Long-standing Armagh city centre independent closes its doors for final time

Sheelagh McBride boutique Armagh

A long-standing Armagh independent business has closed it doors in the city centre for the final time.

Sheelagh McBride’s – a family-run business since 1933 – has been trading on Thomas Street for the best part of nine decades.

The fashion boutique closed its doors on Saturday afternoon.

Sheelagh herself called it a day, ushering in a well-deserved break with retirement on the agenda.

In a short post on Facebook, the outgoing proprietor expressed her heartfelt thanks to all her customers over the years.

She said: “On my last day of trading I would like to invite all my customers to call in for a farewell catchup and a cup of tea.

“I would like to thank all my customers over the many years we have been in business without your support this would not have been possible.”

Many commented with their well wishes.

Noreen said: “Best of luck in ur retirement, after many successful years.”

While Mary posted: “Hope you have many many years of happy and healthy retirement Sheelagh. I will really miss popping in. You always knew what suited.”

Kay added: “Sheelagh I hope you have a long and happy retirement! My Mum, Bernie and me have such great memories of the Saturdays above the shop when Moya was hairdressing! It was nearly a day out! The memories of the tea and chips from Cafollas! And the late Patsy Comiskey holding court and regaling us with her stories! Good luck and enjoy although Thomas Street will be the poorer without McBrides!

Sheila (namesake) commented: “My first clothes shop.that I bought my clothes in many many years and Sheelagh always the lady to this day enjoy Sheelagh but you shall be so badly missed bless.”

The shop had been on the market at a guide price of £110,000 for a number of months and has now been sold.

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