PLANS to push ahead with a new €25 million Tesco Extra superstore at the site of the Dundalk Shopping Centre moved a step closer last week when the old Emo filling station was demolished.
Wanze Properties (Dundalk) Limited received planning permission from Dundalk Town Council last October to demolish the station in order to pave way for the new superstore.
While that superstore was subsequently granted planning permission by the council, it is currently the subject of an An Bord Pleanala appeal.
Nevertheless a step was taken in moving forward with the multi-million euro development last week when the demolition of the filling station commenced.
The station, as well as its associated structures, including kiosk and canopy, petrol pumps and boundary walls are all to be removed while there will also be the partial removing of hardstanding areas. All subterranean structures including the petrol storage tanks and fuel lines will also be removed prior to the complete clearing of the site.
The proposed new Tesco Extra superstore will be a 10,136sqm two storey building with the ground floor consisting 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, off-licence, internet café and more. It is hoped that the development will turn the Ramparts Road into an “urban boulevard” while hundreds of jobs are expected to be created by it if it gets the go ahead.