Walton's has been an intrinsic part of Dublin's music community for almost a century, but now the famous George's Street shop has closed its doors for the last time.
The music shop was even immortalised on the silver screen thanks to featuring in the film 'Once', and many a burgeoning musician has passed through on their way to superstardom.
The Walton family blamed the "many changes in the retail landscape" for their decision to move operations from the city centre to focus on its Blanchardstown store, although the Waltons New School of Music will still operate from its Georges St. premises.
"The reason for this move is to restructure our business in a way that we will be able to offer our customers the best music choices possible at the best prices in the future," they said in a blog post announcing the news. "With the ever rising costs of doing business in the city centre we need to make sure that our cost base does not make us uncompetitive. We want to be able to give our Irish based customers the best instruments and accessories at the right price in Ireland. To do this we need to adapt and change. We are going nowhere and intend to be able to offer our customers choice and value for a long time to come."
Although the shop closed last Monday, February 12th, it seems that most people have only realised that it will not be reopening today:
Can't believe they're closing the Waltons on George's Street. That place was a second home to me. I'd spend hours on the pianos and banjos in there :(
— Conor Brady (@_thebradyman) February 19, 2018
Walton's closing down is actually so upsetting
— Katie Devers (@DeversKatie) February 19, 2018
Absolute pox that Walton’s has to close in the city centre
— Diarmuid Slattery (@DESlattery) February 19, 2018
The iconic Waltons music store in Dublin is shutting it's doors on Georges Street and moving to Blanchardstown. The shop featured in the Oscar winning movie 'Once'. https://t.co/LyCVQvZcz7
— Kevin Purcell (@KevinPurcell_) February 19, 2018
— Fiona Jarrett (@jarrett_fiona) February 19, 2018