Dunnes Stores staff who are members of the trade union Mandate went to work as rostered this weekend, even though the Dunnes branch in Gorey Shopping Centre remains closed.

The decision was taken by workers at a meeting last night.

The company has given no explanation for the sudden closure but it has emerged that it is locked in a property dispute with the shopping centre owners. 

Mandate General Secretary John Douglas said staff at the store were called at the end of their shift on Thursday night and told not to report to work yesterday as the store was closing to customers.

Today, Gorey Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Dick White called for the store to be reopened.

In a statement, he said they were concerned for the ongoing impact the closure is having on the workers and the other tenants and businesses in the shopping centre.

He said: "We hope that Dunnes Stores returns to normal trade again as it is part of the vibrant retail sector of Gorey Town and an important part of the fabric of our business community."