There was further good news on the jobs front for Nenagh this week with the announcement that a major retailing chain is to take over the empty Gough O’Keeffe Naughton store.
The landmark retail premises on Pearse Street has been closed since the owners retired in October 2013, bringing an end to a business that had been in place since the 18th century.
The store will reopen in March under the DV8 name, bringing with it 15 new jobs in a E1m investment.
Local autioneer William Talbot, who had the sale of the building, told the Tipperary Star that the store had now been leased and DV8 is to spend E150,000 on a major refit of the 3,500 square foot groundfloor section.
“Any shop reopening is a positive for Nenagh,” said Mr Talbot.
The auctioneer also pointed to Dunnes Stores carrying out some work on its Pearse Street unit, which is opposite Gough O’Keeefe and Naughtons, saying he hoped they were now going to be pro-active in looking for a tenant.
“They are spending a few quid on it, and if it does reopen everything around it will get a lift from the domino effect,” he said.
DV8 is a North of Ireland-based company which has around 40 stores across Ireland and Britain.
DV8 sells top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com
Neville McDowell from DV8 said: “We are delighted to be opening a new store in Nenagh and confident it will complement the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear. We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”
Meanwhile, the Tipperary Star understands that negotiations are well advanced to bring a new tenant to the former Irish Nationwide buidling on the cormer of Pearse Street and Mitchel Street.