It is with a heavy heart that I have to report the loss of our good friend, Habitat. On Friday night, one of Dublin's few good furniture stores closed its doors for the last time, much to the dismay of all its loyal customers, most of which (including myself) had absolutely no clue that the store was closing down. In fact, I was in there just last week, and no one mentioned anything to me when I made my purchases about the store closing. Although, I assume this was probably a surprise to most of the staff as well.
Conai Designs (Ireland) Ltd. stated the following in a press release on Habitat.ie:
"Due to severe downturn in both our Galway and Dublin stores, it has become impossible to trade through the subsequent financial difficulties, particularly in light of the current economic environment. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the past 6 years."
I'm slightly outraged at the company for closing so quickly without any warning whatsoever. The least they could have done would be to have a massive closing down sale long enough for people to actually find out about it. Needless to say, I've been in a state of shock and mourning all day. The sun was shining, but the world seemed a greyer place. The birds were singing, but all I could hear were the sounds of Habitat's swan song. Today truly is a tragic day for Dublin interiors.