Further job fears in city

TEN people working at the Toni and Guy hairdressing salon on Ormonde Street are waiting for an official announcement from the company due today (Wednesday) on the future of the Kilkenny outlet.

TEN people working at the Toni and Guy hairdressing salon on Ormonde Street are waiting for an official announcement from the company due today (Wednesday) on the future of the Kilkenny outlet.

Speculation is rife that the Kilkenny branch may be among of number of outlets closed due to the downturn in the economy. The premises remained closed today with a sign on the door informing customers that the nearest open outlet is in Naas.

A spokeswoman at the headquarters of the UK franchise said she "no information to share" regarding Toni & Guy (Ireland), which she pointed out was a franchise business. However, staff sources in Ireland suggested that up to five of the salons might be closing. Sources also indicated that a meeting would take place between representatives of the UK headquarters and the management of some of the Irish salons today (Wednesday) regarding restructuring. There are 13 Toni & Guy salons in Ireland, according to its Irish website, with a number in the greater Dublin area and others in Cork, Kilkenny, Galway, Naas and Waterford.

Meanwhile seven employees at Celtic Bookmakers, which have a branch on the Castlecomer Road and on Dean Street in the city are also waiting to find out the future of her employers. Celtic Bookmakers has gone into receivership but it's owner Ivan Yates has said that he is hopeful that the receiver will be able to sell some of the outlets and save some of the jobs. The fate of the two shops in Kilkenny is not known at present.