Fond Farewell to Bridge Street
19 April 2019
After 38 years of trading on Bridge Street, we at Feehily’s Florist have made the strategic decision to move all our operations to our award-winning showroom in Carraroe.
“It’s with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have made the decision to close our premises in Bridge Street. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a number of years but have been putting off due to the history of our family on the corner”, said Micheal Feehily.
Micheal goes on to say, “The Bridge street premises holds a huge sentimental value as it’s where the Feehily business began in 1981 and where I was reared as a child.”
As times have changed, consumer activity has shifted with online orders and phone sales becoming a huge part of our business. We opened our Carraroe store in 2008 to facilitate this development and it has gone from strength to strength ever since. We’ve recently expanded our Carraroe site and introduced a brand-new state of the art bridal showroom, making us the largest florist in Ireland.
The Carraroe showroom has attracted contract work from all over Ireland. Every November we transform the site into a Christmas wonderland and decorate various commercial entities including shopping centres and hotels, giving them that extra special sparkle at Christmas.
With a hardworking and dedicated workforce, it was no shock when we were announced Irish Florist of the Year 2018. The Bridge Street team, including Louise, who has been managing the store for nearly 15 years said; “I’ve been trying to update all our customers, as it is important to know that all Bridge Street customers are welcome to our Carraroe store where I will continue working and look forward to catching up with everyone.”
Micheal himself has worked full time in the business for 28 years and has early childhood memories when the shop first opened, “I remember as a child driving through the night with one of my brothers to the Dublin market to collect our fresh flowers. How times have changed when we can now order our flowers online and have them delivered by a transport company directly from Holland.”
When Micheal finally made the decision to move all operations to Carraroe and confirmed a final trading date for Bridge Street, he was overcome with emotion and had to leave work early that day. Growing up on Bridge Street and seeing the floral business flourish, the decision to move was always going to be a difficult one but Micheal is confident this is a strategic move he must make in order to meet the demands of the growing online business.
“I would like to thank everybody that has been involved in the business in Bridge Street including our fantastic neighbours and friends. We are sad to be leaving the street, but it is more of a strategic growth decision to have all our services under the one roof”, said Micheal.
To celebrate a very successful 38 years of trading on Bridge Street, we would like to invite the community of Sligo to join us as we bid farewell to our flower shop on one of Sligo’s most iconic corners. All are welcome on Saturday 27thApril for light refreshments and to share their fond memories. The celebrations will get underway from 5pm.