In her opening speech, Tara Buckley, RGDATA Director General commented
“RGDATA is delighted to be formally opening Rian Coulter’s Exhibition of trade memorabilia which displays the rich commercial heritage of the Liberties and of Irish independent businesses.
RGDATA has represented independent family owned grocery shops for over 70 years and has seen at first hand the radical changes to family owned shops and the retail landscape in towns and villages throughout the country.
RGDATA is as busy as ever fighting the cause for family owned stores. This year, RGDATA will be highlighting the ‘True Value of the Local Shop’ in an exciting new campaign as independent shops in rural towns and villages and urban areas continue to struggle to survive.
Ensuring Irish owned shops are busy and profitable remains a key challenge. However their future is in all our hands. We all need to support these important local businesses by giving them our custom. Independent shops must also play their part to ensure that they attract and serve local customers, provide value, quality and a positive shopping experience.
All independent shops throughout the country have to be extremely well managed if they are to take on the challenge from the German and British global multiples.
Standing here in this vibrant family owned shop I sincerely hope that 2015 will be the year that independent retailers take back their green flag from the pretenders. Independent Irish food/convenience shops and supermarkets are the genuine green grocers. Independent family owned shops always were and still are the best supporters of Irish producers and suppliers. They are the glue that bind the local community and genuinely contribute to the local economy.
RGDATA members are important local employers providing 90,000 jobs in cities, towns and villages throughout the country. Excellent customer service is a cornerstone of the independent grocery sector. This exhibition celebrates the great history and tradition of vibrant, customer focused Irish family owned businesses. We need to remove the rose tinted glasses and get behind these businesses if we want them to survive into the future.”
For further information:
Kathleen Cahill, Communications Manager,
Direct Line: 01-2887584