Irish Eyes Imports Closing

The store's owners blame the poor economy for having to shut down the shop, which has been in Bergen County since 1985.

Irish Eyes Imports, a shop specializing in all things from the Emerald Isle, will be closing their doors after more than 25 years of business in Bergen County.

Owner Gene Callaghan said they were forced to close the store because of the poor economy.

"We just can't make people spend money they don't have," Callaghan said.

The store originally opened in Ridgewood in 1985. Gene and Tara Callaghan bought the store about five years ago and moved it to Westwood in 2010.

There is not definite closing date set yet, but it will likely happen sometime in January, Callaghan said. Until then, the shop is holding a large sale with all of their merchandise marked down 30 percent or more.

Callaghan said they plan to continue the business online via their website.

Joan Hartmann December 04, 2012 at 10:34 AM
I shopped this store when it was in Ridgewood and made many purchases. I could not travel to the location in Westwood Sorry to see a store with so many articles from Ireland and you didn't need to be Irish to buy them for friends. Good luck, Gene and Tara, with the Internet business.
Maura Corcoran December 04, 2012 at 02:44 PM
So sorry to see this store go. We shopped in Ridgewood & Westwood, but unfortunately, just for special occasions and gifts. Good luck on-line. The idea about going to step-dancing competitions is a good one. My daughter dances for Broesler and their Feis is in February.
dara brown December 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I'm sad to see any store close. But I do recall lots of press with the 'departure and relocation to Westwood' with blame squarely focused on Ridgewood rents, parking, etc and every other possible perception.
MG December 05, 2012 at 06:56 PM
They should have moved to a smaller location in Ridgewood instead of going to Westwood. And I too remember them be very harsh with their words.
Gene Callaghan December 11, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Thanks for all the Kind comments. It was a hard sad decision, but the economy finally caught up with us. We loved both our locations very much, but I stand by my words about Ridgewood. Ridgewood needs a vision and right now it is going down a slippery slope. Retail is being replaced by Food and spas. Ridgewood needs to promote retial in town and limit the Banks, Food and services along Ridgewood ave. Create an outdoor shopping mall feel. Boyd, If we stayed in Ridgewood we would have closed two years ago. The Landlord was raising the rent. Given the presnt econmy I think any tenant would be upset. Again thanks for all the good wishes we will need them all as we try to re-invent ourselves again in these scary times.


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