first_imgStephen O’Donnell (right) with his son Gavin at their dark supermarket in Crolly yesterday.A supermarket owner went back to the ‘dark ages’ to make sure his business remained open during Storm Rachel yesterday.Stephen O’Donnell, who owns the Mace Supermarket in Crolly, arrived at his business at 6.30am to find it in darkness.The business had been struck by lightning which left phonelines and power out. The busy Go garage owned by the O’Donnell family in Crolly.But rather than disappointing his customers, Stephen decided the shop would open.He dug out some paraffin oil lanterns which he purchased thinking they were antique a number of years ago.And those, combined with head-lights and candles, kept the shop open throughout the day.Those who only had credit cards and didn’t have cash were trusted and were allowed to pay another day. Stephen described it as one of the busiest days in recent times.Staff even used old fashioned calculators to take a note of how much items cost.“We decided that we owed it to our customers to stay open because we knew there would be a lot of people looking for coal and foodstuff.“I just thought of the lanterns and they worked really well. I thought they were antiques and although I don’t think they are, they certainly did the job,” he said.Stephen, who also runs the adjoining Go Service Station, paid tribute to his staff. “They were trying conditions but everyone got stuck in. We’re open around 27 years and a lot of the staff are with us for up to 24 years.“They’re very loyal and I would like to thank them for going above and beyond the call of duty today.‘Hopefully we’ll be back to normal tonight. I would also like to pay tribute to the ESB workers who worked so hard to get everyone back their power,” he said.‘OIL’ NOT BE BEATEN BY STORM SAYS BATTLING SUPERMARKET BOSS was last modified: January 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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