The sale of O’Connors Nenagh Shopping Centre has been givena broad welcome by the local Chamber of Commerce, among others. The 5.5-acre site has been bought by Two-Mile Borris businessman Martin Healy, who plans to develop the site with a mixture of retail and healthcare.
“It is great that this site has been sold,” local councillor Hughie McGrath told the Tipperary Star this week. “I am delighted it has been bought by someone who wants to develop it and not just sit on it. It had become a bit of an eyesore.”
Cllr McGrath said he beileved the site was “strategically important” to the centre of the town and could be used as a counter weight to the out of town developments on the Limerick road.
“It will make the Market Cross a stronger centre,” he said.
The Independent councillor said that, coupled with Nenagh Municipal District Council’s proposed traffic management plan, the development of the site will create more walkways in the town centre, linking with Abbey Lane and Friary Court.
Nenagh Chamber president Denis Finnerty said they were “positive” about the sale and were happy to see a derelict site being redeveloped. “The centre needs a lift following recent closures and this man sounds positive. It will bring footfall back into the centre.”
Mr Finnerty pointed out that there will be jobs in the construction phase and in the retail phase and while it was true that retail jobs were very often not the highest paid, they hepled support a family and a community.
Meanwhile, attempts by the Tipperary Star to contact discount stores Mr Price to confirm or deny that they had bought the former NCP car park and retail units at Martyr’s Road proved unsuccessful. The chain has a store in Limerick and sells branded products at discounted prices. Its first store opened in March 2010, and the group now operates 18 stores throughout Ireland.
Mr Finnerty also welcomed reports of Mr Price opening, saying: “We need more shops in town.”
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