In December 2016, the popular Graham’s Toymaster in Portlaoise closed its doors for the final time.
The store was owned and run by Richard Graham until he sadly passed away in September 2016.
A former psychiatric nurse, Richard was one of the first businessmen to open in Lyster Square in the late 1970s.
A member of Portlaoise GAA, Richard was also a Fine Gael Town Councillor in the 1990s.
The shop, which was an anchor business of the town, and was a landmark in the Square up until its recent closure, has remained vacant since it closed in December 2016.
But now planning permission has been lodged to turn it into a bakery.
Marcin and Patrycja Duda have applied to change the use of the commercial shop to a bakery.
This would also include a deli presumably capable of making sandwiches as well.