The economy may be booming, but Irish shops are dying

The more we spend online, the harder it is for shops like Waltons to survive, writes Conor Pope

The well known Waltons music shop in Dublin city centre is to shut its doors amid soaring rental prices but the Waltons New School of Music upstairs in the building will continue. Video: Bryan O'Brien

“Can’t believe they’re closing.” “So upsetting.” An “absolute pox”. Many expressed sorrow this week at the news that Waltons music store was departing Dublin city centre, to concentrate its business in a Blanchardstown retail park.

But while these expressions – articulated in print, online, on radio and television programmes, and across multiple social media platforms – were no doubt genuine, they formed a soundtrack that has become wearingly familiar.

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