NIIRTANorthern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (UK)
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Bryan Gray, spokesman for NIIRTA, said there was a need for a radical overhaul of local planning legislation.
"NIIRTA is concerned the collecting and administration of the levy may pose a real burden on our members and we will be monitoring this over the next few months."
He said: "NIIRTA clearly told the First and Deputy First Ministers that the most urgent priority in developing a renewed sense of business confidence is a clear restoration of the workings of the Executive and a return to regular Executive meetings.
After giving evidence to an ad hoc Stormont committee set up to examine the closure proposals, NIIRTA's Glyn Roberts said: "Just under half the proposed closures are also small retailers which would result in 100 to150 job losses in areas already economically deprived."
Glyn Roberts, chief executive of the NIIRTA, said: "This proposed closure programme is a complete shambles and in the case of six members makes no economic sense."
NIIRTA chief executive Brian Gray said: "This is the single most compelling proof that there is a severe competition problem.
However, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Traders Association (NIIRTA), which represents 930 independent grocers, backs the changes