Sunday May 31, 2020

Stagnant Clerys failed its own staff

Clerys was a department store stuck in a time warp with no brand and no identity: its failure to innovate was its downfall

21st June, 2015
Clerys workers protest outside the closed store: Eamon Toomey, worked in the store for 35 years; Tony Durkin, retired after 30 years’ service; Eileen O'Reilly, worked in luggage for 15 years; Pauline Konopka, worked in luggage for 15 years; and Helen Doyle, a former employee Maura Hickey

My very first ‘real’ job was in Clerys. It was in Principles on the first floor, where fashion went to die. I remember laughing at the weirdness of it all. It was like stepping through a time warp – a sort of purgatory of oversized knickers and brightly coloured but ‘practical’ last-minute grandmother-of-the-bride wedding garments, complete with your standard elevator music to soothe away any sudden inclinations for energy or excitement.


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