BARRY’S Amusements in Portrush is up for sale.
A statement released on behalf of the Trufelli family, owners of Barry’s Amusements, Portrush, said: “The Trufelli family wish to inform all stakeholders that Barry’s Amusements is to be marketed for sale as a going concern.
“Our 11 full-time staff have been informed and will be kept in employment throughout the sale process.
“This is not a decision the family has taken lightly, especially given our 93-year trading history and follows significant and emotional consideration over a prolonged period.
“We understand the special place that Barry’s holds in the hearts of many Northern Ireland families, but none closer than our own.
“We wish to thank all our customers who have helped sustain Barry’s down the years and our full-time and seasonal employees who have been pivotal to the success of the business. We hope your memories of Barry’s are happy ones.
“As family operators, we feel we can no longer give the considerable commitment required to effectively manage the business.
“We hope to pass on the baton to someone who will ensure generations can still enjoy the fun that Barry’s offers our local and wider community.
“Leading business advisory firm Grant Thornton has been appointed to find a buyer.
“There will be no further comment from the Trufelli family until the sale process is concluded.”
In a statement to ‘Ballymena Daily’, Cllr Richard Holmes, the Ulster Unionist East Londonderry Westminster candidate, said: “This has obviously been a difficult decision for the Trufelli family, and it will be an anxious time for the staff who face an uncertain future as the business changes hand.
“The Trufelli family have clearly stated that they want to pass on the baton after almost 100 years and it is essential that the business is maintained as part of the great tourism offer that Portrush possesses.
“Barry’s is as synonymous with Portush as Harland and Wolff’s Samson and Goliath are with Belfast. It would be sad to see the iconic business making way for development land.
“Whilst the business sale progresses, we should all record our gratitude to the Trufelli family for the memories of summer days spent in Barry’s from the Helter Skelter to the Hobby Horses Carousel and of course The Big Dipper.
“There can be very few in Northern Ireland who weren’t drawn by the sound of excited screams emanating from the arcade and who didn’t experience the joy as they descended the hill to the glass front and the hours of fun that waiting ahead.
“Both for the Trufelli legacy and the family friendly Portrush tourism industry, we must hope that a buyer is found who wants to build on the firm foundations laid down and ensure that Barry’s remains an iconic part of the Portrush scene for generations to come.”
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