Breathing life into the old Morven supermarket
THE only supermarket in Morven will soon have its shelves stocked for the first time in years after local business owner Vicky Burey made a snap decision to save it from obscurity.
For a long time, locals have had no choice but to drive an hour to the nearest supermarket in Charleville, only able to stock up on bread and milk at the Morven newsagent.
After the supermarket went to auction last week and received no public interest, Ms Burey made the decision to take it on for the sake of her town.
"It was never in our original plan to buy the supermarket, but it went to auction and nobody was really interested,” Ms Burey said.
"It has been almost two and a half years since the supermarket closed down and it was a blow to the town, so we thought the best thing is to have a food shop.
"We already have a little bit of food in the store and when nobody else seemed keen to open it up we thought we might as well expand.
"We will need to work the two shops well together but they are right next door to each other, which is perfect.”
Ms Burey is expecting to face challenges in the next few months as she revives the supermarket.
However, she knows the community support will make the difference.
"Everyone seems very excited that we are opening it up because with no food shop and no pub in town, slowly people move away and it gets a lot harder to attract people for professional jobs,” she said.
"We are hopeful that once the food shop gets running, it might bring along someone who is interested in starting a pub, and encourage people to come to town.”
The new supermarket won't be the only development in Morven.
Other new projects are in the works.
"We are hoping that developments like the Morven Transport Hub will change things, along with the new information centre, which has just been brought in and put across the road from the shop,” Ms Burey said.
"It will encourage people to stop right at our doorstep and Morven could thrive again.”