Ever­est Cy­cles is back in business fol­low­ing dev­as­tat­ing fire

Bray People - - NEWS - By PADRAIG BYRNE

IT’S been a dif­fi­cult few months for Tommy Han­ratty, owner of Ever­est Cy­cles. Since his shop on Cas­tle Street burned down in July of this year, he has been as he put it ‘ to hell and back’ how­ever, he was quick to get back in the sad­dle and at the start of the month he of­fi­cially opened a new state of the art shop on the Dublin Road, just be­hind Lidl.

‘ The whole thing was an ab­so­lute night­mare,’ said Tommy. ‘It was a real strug­gle to keep go­ing. We lost ev­ery­thing in the fire and had to re­place cus­tomers’ bikes that were de­stroyed and all that kind of thing.’

The fire be­gan at a dis­used ware­house near the old Ever­est Cy­cles premises and spread to the roof. While fire­fight­ers were quick to ar­rive, there were dif­fi­cul­ties fight­ing the blaze.

‘I had to run up­stairs and wake my mate out of the bed,’ said Tommy. ‘When I got back down the fire­fight­ers wouldn’t let me back in to get any­thing. Not even the till, which had over €2,500 in cash in it.’

It was a strug­gle for Tommy to keep go­ing, how­ever, he ac­quired the cur­rent premises be­hind Lidl shortly after the fire and con­tin­ued trad­ing.

‘When we first moved in here it was an aw­ful hole,’ he said. ‘ To go from that “ground zero” to the beau­ti­ful shop we have now has been amaz­ing. I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted. It didn’t hap­pen by it­self ei­ther. With­out the support of the peo­ple keep­ing us go­ing, we couldn’t have done it. Our cus­tomers have been bril­liant. We had a lot of help from our­selves and put a lot of work in our­selves, but it’s all been worth it to get to this point.’

Bray Wheel­ers were among the first vis­i­tors to the new shop as they had a cy­cle to the shop for the of­fi­cial re-open­ing re­cently. As well as im­press­ing the reg­u­lars, the shop has also wel­comed a fa­mous face or two, with renowned songstress Mary Black pay­ing a visit.

Tommy is now de­lighted to have the new, im­proved and fully func­tion­ing Ever­est Cy­cles open just in time for the Christ­mas rush.

Tommy Han­ratty is joined by the Bray Wheel­ers who had a cy­cle to his new shop open­ing re­cently

Tom Han­ratty in his new Ever­est Cy­cles store, which is lo­cated on the Dublin Road, just be­hind Lidl.

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