WELL known Letterkenny businessman Jason Black has confirmed the sale of his two premises in the town’s Main Street.
In a statement issued tonight Jason and his wife Sharon, Directors of J&S Black Ltd, said that they have decided to sell the businesses as a going concern.
The couple confirmed that they have sold Black’s Corner shop business at Lower Main Street to Anthony Kernan (Ballyshannon Retail Limited), who owns and runs numerous similar type retail outlets within the county. Furthermore they have sold Voodoo Venue to Gavin and John McEnaney (Corduff Enterprises Limited), Carrickmacross, Co.Monaghan, who own and run similar type entertainment outlets, namely Vanity Nightclub and Fiddlers Elbow.
A well-known and respected mountaineer Mr Black successfully scaled Aconcagua in Argentina, one of the world’s seven highest peaks, last year.
His previous feats include reaching the summit of Mt Everest, the highest mountain in Asia and the world. In the summer of 2015 he failed in his two month attempt to climb K2.
“As loyal and local employers on the Main Street of the town we both grew up on, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the management and staff for their service, hard work and dedication over the years. They would also like to thank the general public, local and national media, local representatives, the musicians, artists and djs that graced that very famous Voodoo stage. Voodoo Venue has enjoyed being the market leader nationally for its creativity, diversity and has been recognised as Ireland’s leading award winning entertainment venue,” a statement read.
Their small yet family-like corner shop on the Back Road was the recipient of numerous customer care and best practice awards leading the way in the 24hr food deli and all night service. However all this could never have happened without the incredible loyal support from their local customers and Jason and Sharon would like to thank them for making their business a destination.
“Working and trading on the Main Street of Letterkenny filled me with with great pride, being able to express my business passion and develop new and invigorating concepts – the likes of the Old Downtown bar, Vintage and House wine-bar, the Greenroom live music venue and the development of that very famous live music stage in the lounge that brought Voodoo numerous IMRO national awards. The most enjoyable experience was the ability to open doors thereby developing new spaces for artists to be able to express themselves freely and it was a joy to witness the joy filled faces of visiting customers. It is a feeling that will stay with me forever,” Mr Black said.
“Being in a position as a local business to help numerous charities, fund local sporting events and organisations, and having been involved in local tidy town and chamber led initiatives, it has been so rewarding to help give back to a community we both dearly love,” he added.
Family means everything to Jason and Sharon, they have always had the support of both their families and friends & they will be forever grateful for this. The couple also have four young children and after a very busy and time consuming fourteen years serving the general public, they both intend to take some well deserved time out before refocusing on their next venture.
“We would like to take this opportunity to wish the new purchasers the very best of luck and they have no doubt that customers, staff and agents alike will continue to support them in their endeavours,” the couple said..
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