DUNDALK Town Centre Commercial Manager Andrew Mawhinney insists that the revamped Market Square will be the “making of breaking” of the town when it opens later next year.
Speaking at the launch of events his office are involved in for the year ahead, Mr Mawhinney said that he was well aware that some retailers were unhappy with the disruption to their business since work began last week but he said the hope would be that it will be worth it in the end.
“The redevelopment of the Square will be the making or the breaking of the town but, in my opinion, it will give us that edge.
“We’re so lucky to have the space here and on a recent trip to Swansea I got to see first hand the crowds an area like this can bring into a town centre.
“I know a lot of retailers are disgruntled at the minute that their business is down but our long term goal is to bring it back up again.
“Unfortunately to make an omelette you’re going to have to break eggs,” he said.
Mr Mawhinney said he was well aware that businesses were struggling as it is in the present economic climate but insisted he was hopeful that the wide range of events lined up by his office this year would bring plenty of revenue to the area.
“I’m acutely aware that businesses are struggling because we’re paid through rates.
“Since I’ve come here we have been involved in organising events and helping to get them off the ground and now many of them have a life of their own such as the Half Marathon.
“There’s a lot to offer in the county though and hopefully some of these events will show that off,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Mawhinney also revealed some of the plans for the new Market Square, which include a range of market events linked with music. He said he hoped the square would become a venue for photographic exhibitions, big screen sporting events and different types of film festival.
He also said there were plans to stage open events such as theatre/opera, battle of the bands, beer festivals, good food fairs etc
In the summer there are also plans at weekends and bank holidays to allow local cafes and restaurants to trade on the Square.