Public uproar at head shop relocation to Main Street
LEGAL DRUG SHOP NIRVANA BUSINESS MOVES FROM CURRENT ARCADE SITE
PROTESTING traders and residents in Bray are ‘vehemently opposed’ to the relocation of the so-called ‘head shop’ Nirvana on to the Main Street from its current location in the Arcade.
‘There is a lot of deep-seated and deep-rooted anger among the retailers,’ said one proprietor operating a business on the Main Street. ‘It will detract from a town not far from being on its last legs.’
The business will be moving in to the shop formerly occupied by Mitchell Quinn auctioneers.
‘We have received a number of representations from individuals and groups opposed to the shop,’ said Eugene Finnegan, President of Bray Chamber.
‘The shop doesn’t meet with general approval of the people. We would have preferred a more up-market business, more in keeping with the general interests of the town. It is perfectly legal however, and operating within the law. Our hands are tied.’
The opening of Nirvana last March, selling what the owners call ‘herbal highs’ caused a great deal of controversy from both residents of Bray and local representatives.
As well as a herbal alternative to cannabis, smoking paraphernalia and books on how to grow the plants, the shop sells BZP or ‘herbal ecstasy,’ a product that is expected to be made illegal in Ireland at some point next year.
BZP is already outlawed in many parts of the world including the US, Australia, New Zealand and a number of European countries.
‘There is enough of a problem with drugs in Bray as it is,’ said one local father. ‘It’s existence in the town is sending out all the wrong messages to young people and the Main Street is struggling at the moment with competition from the likes of Dundrum. I don’t think this type of shop is going to help.’
Angry retailers have written to the owner of the premises, who had at time of going to press failed to respond, asking a number of questions regarding the new tenant.
‘Why bring a head shop on to Bray’s Main Street? They asked. ‘And why risk public and peer opprobrium, which could result in you and yours becoming social pariahs with ongoing harmful business effects?’
Officials have said that there may well be a planning issue attached to the change of use on this particular premises, but no application has been received as yet.
The Nirvana Head Shop on the Main Street.