Sale agreed signs go up at former Dunnes Stores premises on Park Street
The former Dunnes Stores premises in Park Street might be finally set to re-open after the sale agreed signs went up at the landmark unit this week.
The 14,080sq ft store, which also has an entrance and parking via River Lane, has been lying idle since February 2009 when the supermarket giant closed its doors.
It has been on the market in recent years via local estate agents REA Gunne Property with a deal understood to have been agreed for its purchase at the end of September. It is not known at this stage who the potential buyer is or what they intend to do with the unit.
Nevertheless its impending sale can only be a positive for town centre business after more than a decade of one of its biggest retail units lying idle.
Dunnes have been criticised for leaving such a prominent building idle with Retail Excellence Ireland chief David Fitzsimons accusing them of “undermining” trade in town centres across the country by sitting on vacant shops.
The unit currently consists of a full fitted open plan retail store together with ancillary storage, administrative offices and separate delivery facilities on a c0.55 acre prime site. It is said to be ready for immediate occupation but was advertised as being suitable for a range of uses, subject to planning.