An LPC Spokesperson has spoken of the “difficult” times the company has faced due to a major fire in Derry.
LPC, situated next door to Poundstretcher on Bishop Street, suffered losses from the blaze, which happened back in July, running into the tens of thousands of pounds due to smoke, water and heat damage. The fire caused trading to cease temporarily.
“It has been a difficult period for management and staff of LPC since the incident in July, a time of uncertainty,” said Jarleth O’Brien of LPC.
“The retail shop has been closed since the fire, due to circumstances out of our control but, fortunately, we have been able to operate the commercial/wholesale arm of the business as a remote operation within premises of Limavady Printing Co Ltd.
This has been made able by the hard work of all the staff and the loyal support shown to us by our city customers.”
Mr O’Brien said “regrettably”, management had to take the decision to close the retail side of the business,” primarily due to the structural uncertainty of the adjoining wall to Poundstretchers within the shop floor, as advised by structural engineers”.
“Unfortunately, this means we have had to lose retail staff, who have been fantastic in their support for LPC throughout this period and been great for the business in their professional approach to retail and customer satisfaction since the company’s inception.
We would like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone publicly,” said Mr O’Brien, who explained LPC wholesale will back at first floor premises at 5A Bishop Street before the end of November.
“This has been a great team effort in ensuring the continuity of service to all our wholesale customers since the fire and, in some way as if we had never left the City. We are excited about our return,” said Mr O’Brien.
“During the last few months we have viewed other city locations with the hope of relocating our retail business but, unfortunately, we were unable to get the ‘right fit’ premises which would successfully house LPC Retail and Wholesale allowing seamless trading and business growth. Bishop Street has always been our preferred location, and it is hoped that when the building has been re-instated to its full trading capabilities that we will be the first to look at opening the door again.”
“We thank all our customers for their messages of support. This has been one of the defining reasons to return to the city,” he added.