O’Connell Street Business Closes its Doors

We were sorry to see Grubbs close its doors last Friday , when they had a special sale day.A long established business , it was a great resource for persons wanting to get pictures or artwork framed, artist materials and many other matters related to the art world.There was expert advice that you could not get in a chain store and a good personal service
It will be sadly missed. The Grubbs have had a long association with the street.Originally the family had George Whites but when that closed the family set up the artist materials shop and framing business. This occurred back in the early 1980s.If you look up old street directories , George Whites even supplied the shipping industry in Waterford, from sail materials to ropes but was a general hard ware store. The business started in 1776 and was a Quaker family that started it.

Marie Grubb of D.Grubb & Co who closed her doors for the final time last Friday 17th August. She moved from George White & Co with her late husband Dessie in 1983.   Photo: Leo Murphy

Marie Grubb of D.Grubb & Co who closed her doors for the final time last Friday 17th August. She moved from George White & Co with her late husband Dessie in 1983. Photo: Leo Murphy


Des Grubb set up the Grubbs shop back in the 1980s, which was also a hard time in business in Ireland. His wife Marie joined the business in the late 80s.
Now there are new challenges with on line retailing and multiple stores on the outskirts as well as traffic and street changes. Marie also mentioned parking problems too and tickets.
It is the end of an era and there was a farewell sale last Friday, where many well wishers came in .There is a number listed on the window for any queries. She got great support on her last day.
The footfall on the street for retail has lessened in the last decade and follows other businesses that have moved on to other locations or where owners retired.
Other ones nearby were Frank English electrical and Tony Burke furniture , the late Gary Wyse Carpets was another, who moved down the street, they were very busy in their day too but times change .

Some new premises have come along too, serving the new communities of Waterford but the local footfall has dropped , another business man pointed out. Parking , one way systems have all had an impact too he pointed out as well as the cost of parking.The new cultural quarter will revitalise it in due course and the new vintage clothes shop is a step in the right direction as well as the council taking over a premises opposite Tullys and next to the post office, which will have new use. The new municipal art gallery at the old savings bank will also add to the offering , with Garter Lane Arts Centre.An American visitor who comes to Waterford annually said recently the street will improve with the galleries and cafes, it is now in transition.So despite some shop closures , there are positive signs also.

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