There is sadness in Limerick following the closure of what has been described as an ‘iconic’ fashion boutique after nearly 70 years.
Amee’s in Lower Cecil Street announced its closure on Facebook as owner Mary McMahon chose to retire.
She said: “I want to thank everyone who has called to wish us well and have shared great shopping memories with us over the years. Thank you for the cards, chocolates, cakes and flowers. We are overwhelmed by your kindness and well wishes.. Thank you all once again for your absolutely incredible support of our business – 67 wonderful years.”
Trading in Limerick since 1954, the shop specializing in knitwear and coordinates, deals in stock sizes 10 to 20.
Local modeling agent and Limerick Leader columnist Celia Holman-Lee described Amee’s as ‘one of the most popular and sought-after shops’ in town.
“It’s sad that they are closing. They have served for over 60 years. They have been thinking about retirement for quite a while. But they will be sorely missed. They were one of the most popular and valued in the city as a fashion store by all ages, by all generations who have shopped there,” she said.
She added: “These stores can never be replaced. The individuality of shopping is so important to a city or town because they sell inventory that you don’t get in chain stores. It’s very sad. to see such an iconic one of our most cherished and beloved stores in town are closing.”
Mary confirmed the news that she was to retire in a video posted to Facebook just before Christmas.
She said: “I think it’s time to retire. We’ve had a very stressful two years like all of you. You don’t survive in business without having the respect and trust of your customers. We’ve had that in spades, and thank you for that. All of our customers, new and old, have been the lifeblood of our business. We couldn’t have done it without you. We appreciate every customer we have. We never have you. taken for granted.. We went through it all at Amee’s.
She also paid tribute to the “fabulous” staff her shop has employed over the years.
“We couldn’t have done what we did without our amazing and dedicated staff. To each and every one of you, I thank you most sincerely. Everything you have done for us, we truly appreciate it,” added Mary.
Amee’s is the second local independent shop to announce its closure in short order, following the sad news last year that Catherine Street’s Gretta Gibbs would also be going out of business.