Carphone Warehouse have announced that they will be closing their 81 Irish branches in a move that will lead to 486 redundancies.
Staff at Carphone Warehouse have been informed of the decision to close the company's 69 branches and 12 outlets within a store. In a statement, parent company Dixons Carphone said "As part of the company’s broader transformation to one joined up and profitable business it has made the difficult but necessary decision to close Carphone Warehouse in Ireland, in line with its decision to close all standalone Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK in 2020."
Carphone Warehouse Ireland has seen footfall decrease by 40% in the past year as well as a 25% increase in customers buying sim free handsets. The company said "although these changes in behaviour were anticipated, they were expected to occur over a longer period of time. However, the change in shopping behaviours has been accelerated by the pandemic."