MALAHIDE Play Centre announced its permanent closure at the weekend just five years into its business journey.
The owners of the popular facility at the marina said they were devastated to have to close but were forced into the decision by a range of factors.
Fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic along with personal injury claims and insurance charges during the Covid-19 lockdown all contributed to the shut down.
More than 15 locals worked at the popular play centre. Owner Kate Fitzmaurice said it was no longer possible to meet spiralling insurance costs which had doubled year on year.
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In a statement the owners said: “Following a meeting this evening with our incredible staff group we would like to notify our customers that Malahide Play Centre will not reopen.
“This is a decision we take with heavy hearts. For a number of reasons, including Covid-19, we feel our play centre is no longer a viable business.
“To our staff, we would like to thank you again sincerely for the dedication, fun, enthusiasm and joy you brought to the play centre.
“Thank you for sharing our passion to create wonderful experiences for the families we served.”
Owners Richard and Bernard Fitzmaurice and their wives Victoria and Kate also paid tribute to the centre manager Lesley who they credited with “giving us sleep”.
And they thanked customers – over 200 of whom posted on the Facebook page voicing their disappointment at the news of closure – for their loyalty over the past five years.
They said: “We are heartbroken to know that we will disappoint your children by closing. Thank you for sharing your children’s milestone birthdays with us and trusting us to create memories.”
Anyone who has booked a party with Malahide Play Centre online and would like their deposit refunded is asked to email [email protected].