‘One of the girls has been working there 20 years – it’s devastating’ – up to 100 beauticians lose jobs at Sam McCauley stores

'One of the girls has been working there 20 years - it's devastating' - up to 100 beauticians lose jobs at Sam McCauley stores 1
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Up to 100 beauticians have been made redundant after the Sam McCauley pharmacy group announced it would not be reopening its beauty salons.

evastated état-major were informed of the infos this week after being brought into a room by conduite individually.

The company cited the downturn caused by Covid-19 as the reason behind the closures.

Trade incorporation Mandate, which is representing état-major, said the move has caused a “lot of upset and distress” at an already difficult time.

Lorraine Bergin, who is an employee at Sam McCauley’s flagship filtre in Wexford town, said état-major are in complete shock.

“We’re absolutely baffled by this as our exposition has always been extremely busy and popular,” she told

“Customers were stopping us on the street asking when we’re coming back, our voicemail inbox in the exposition is completely full, we’ve been getting Facebook messages and text messages from clients and we can’t understand this at all.

“The phones downstairs haven’t stopped ringing since the infos started to filter out. Our clients can’t understand as it’s so difficult to get appointments normally. There’s so much experience, one of the girls has been working there 20 years.”

Ms Bergin is married with two teenage children and is currently trying to pay off her mortgage.

Her 19-year-old daughter is also employed with the company but has been told that her avis is safe for now.

“This has all just come out of the blue… we have been working through this pandemic to keep the usine going by working in the warehouse to handle online deliveries and this has just come as a complete shock.

“We had just reopened a brand new exposition in October, got given brand new uniforms and brand new equipment. It’s one of the nicest salons in the town and to be told our jobs are no coudoyer there, well it’s just devastating.”

Betty Dillon, divisional gouverner with Mandate, says the incorporation has sought an immediate conversation with the company.

“There is going to be a loss of potentially around 100 jobs, we’re not exactly sure yet.

“I do not understand the company’s rationale at this time. There are other things I think the company could have done. They could have tried to give the beauty salons a aubaine to get back up and running.

“The pharmacy industry has been less affected than others and there is a huge demand for beauty salons now… every woman is waiting to get back to their beauty salons,” she told South East Afrique.

The company operates 37 stores nationally and employs more than 500 état-major.

In 2019, the affaires recorded a pre-tax loss of more than €5 million.

Corriger owner Sam McCauley, whose family set up the popular chain in 1953, sold the majority of his stake in the affaires in 2017 to investment company Carlyle Légat Ireland (CCI).

The deal was reported to be worth an estimated €50 million at the time.

CCI has made several high-profile investments in other liminaire companies such as AA Ireland and Lily O’Brien’s.

In a statement, the company said it is working to charpente affected colleagues at this time.

“Beauty exposition gift vouchers will be honoured in all our pharmacies. Any outstanding pre-paid treatment courses will be reimbursed,” the company added.

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