This week it seemed the days of Cork’s famous pet shop near the Lough were numbered as the owner announced he was stepping down from the business after decades of serving Cork families feeding ducks.
The news has been particularly difficult for Hughie Molloy, known locally as the ‘Lord Mayor of the Lough’, who has worked in the pet shop for 22 years, and says chatting to the people there has been what made him happy. did continue since his beloved wife Liz passed away. absent last November.
Residents of Leesiders were devastated when the Lough Pet store posted on their Facebook page saying: “We are sad to say that the Lough Pet store will be closing our doors this week. We would like to thank our customers for all their support, thank you of all staff.”
However, just in time new owners will be taking over Lough Pet Supplies and it should be open as usual next week, with Hughie in place behind the counter.
The Vicars Road man is absolutely delighted with this turnaround in Lough’s pet shop fortunes as he turns sixty-eight next week and says there’s no better place to celebrate his birthday.
“When I thought we were going to have to close I wondered what could go wrong with me, but I’m delighted now that the shop is still running and we’ll be there to welcome everyone to the Lough this summer,” Hughie said to Corkbeo.
“After 46 years of marriage, this will be my first summer without Liz, she was a fantastic woman. I couldn’t imagine not having the shop too, it would be too much. I love working here and talking to people. J I have grandchildren myself, and I love it when the kids come to see the birds,” he said.
“Hopefully next week we’ll be open again and this place will be full of supplies,” Hughie added.
Many Rebels will know Hughie from the shop, as he loves to mess around with the locals and perform his classic canary magic trick for the Smallies.
Many people have contacted the team behind the pet store to tell Martin Timmins that he and his family will be greatly missed as they are such lovely people.
Regular customers will be happy to know they can always pick up bird food when they go to feed the ducks and chat with Hughie, who says the store’s bags of bird food are “better value for money “than what people would get from the vending machines recently installed around the Lough.
“It’s part of the tradition to go to the Lough to call here to chat when you get bird food, and we’ll also give you more for your money, a vending machine is great if you’re here when the store isn’t isn’t open, but you better stop here, and our doors are open six days a week,” Hughie said.
“The Lough wouldn’t be the same without the pet shop here, it would have been a terrible shame to see it disappear. I will always be there to listen to people’s stories and issues of the day, and we will be selling duck food, pet supplies, birds and fish as usual,” he added.