Supermarket business guru Senator Feargal Quinn came to Mountmellick last Tuesday, July 16, to pass on some advice to traders struggling to keep in business.
Stopping to talk with proprietors from most of the town’s shops, he later gave a talk in the Community Arts Centre. He passed on some tips, and promised to return with specific ideas to help bring the town centre back to life, and convince passing traffic to stop and spend.
“We can make Mountmellick a place where everybody wants to shop,” he said.
The visit was arranged by Cllr Lisa Delaney and Senator John Whelan, who were thanked by Senator Quinn for “bullying” him into coming.
“It’s been a joy to come here. I have seen what a vibrant town it is possible for Mountmellick to be. There are a whole lot of little things we can do to help make it a destination. I will look to the challenge over the next few days,” he said.
He was surprised the town did not have a hotel, and saw potential in its rich history, suggesting it should be marked on national heritage trail maps.
His advice to proprietors under pressure was to “set the tone from the top down”.
“Put a smile on your faces, thank your customers and staff, pick up litter as you walk by. Give them such a good experience so that they want to come back,” he said.
See next Tuesday’s Leinster Express for full report and photos.