The end of an era for Arklow

125 years of service came to an end on Saturday night.

The iconic Powers fruit and veg shop in Arklow closed its doors for the last time on Saturday night.

The store has been in operation on the main street in one guise or other for the past 125 years.

Brothers Eddie, Donal and Liam were joined on the night by the rest of the Power family along with a crowd of well-wishers who packed into the shop to see them off.

The family put out a large spread of sandwiches and tea for their visitors and Eddie treated those present to a selection of home movies showing the shop and its customers down through the years.

It was a sombre yet uplifting trip down memory lane for those watching, with a number of videos showing the late Peter, whose sudden death stunned the town last September.

One video in particular stood out from the rest. It showed Peter “interviewing” his father Liam after he won shopfront of the year in 1994. The video showed the great banter between the two, reminding everyone of Peter’s quick wit and what they were missing.

The closure of the shop is seen by many as the end of an era for the town.

“The Powers brought a great sense of community spirit to the town and they’ll be greatly missed,” one local told WicklowNews.net. “There was this real neighbourhood feel to this part of town and that was down to the lads in Powers.

“There was a type of service in there that you didn’t get elsewhere. Always a smile and hello, and then a ‘God bless’ when you were leaving. You just don’t get that in other shops, and certainly not in Aldi.”

Eddie was upbeat as he waved people home, thanking them for coming. “When God closes a door, He opens a window,” he said.

The last transaction crosses the counter in Powers shop.

The last transaction crosses the counter in Powers shop.

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