DUNDALK Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Tosh has welcomed An Bord Pleanala’s decision to give the green light for the redevelopment of the old Dundalk Shopping Centre.
Mr Tosh told The Dundalk Democrat that a source in Tesco informed him on Friday last that An Bord Pleanala has approved the development, which was first mooted ten years ago.
The long-awaited decision by the Bord is “good news” for Dundalk as e55 million will be pumped into transforming the site into a state-of-the-art supermarket, according to Mr Tosh.
He added: “It will surely anchor a renewal of services and retail outlets at that southern end of town, already under way with the Avenue Road re-build. The new Tesco will operate 24/7 and provide the quality of retail facility that Dundalk and indeed consumers from the wider region demand on their doorstep.”
The development at the 3.98HA site will consist of the demolition of all structures on site and the construction of a mixed use, leisure, retail and residential development of 23,563sq m (gross).
The development will include the construction of a new 10,136sq m two-storey building at the site once the present structure is demolished. Under Dundalk Town Council’s Urban Design Framework Plan, it will help turn the Ramparts Road into an urban boulevard.
It is hoped the development will create hundreds of jobs in the Dundalk area, firstly through construction and then through full and part-time positions when the store opens.
The ground floor will consist of three retail units and a surface level car park for 524 cars. The Tesco Superstore will occupy the first floor, incorporating a restaurant/cafe, an off-licence, internet cafe and more.
The Dundalk Shopping Centre was one of the first shopping centres built in the 1970s and it was the first shopping centre outside of Dublin to have escalators when it opened in 1974.