The Naas Farmers Market is set to move “shop” to the car park area at the nearby Teagasc car park.
However planning permission requirements mean that it will be 3 to 6 months before the traders move from the current location at Trax Brasserie to a new site. In the meantime an interim location may have to be found if the market has to move out before the Teagasc base is available.
The market is now ten years old and the traders are keen to stay as close to the town centre as possible.
It is understood that talks are taking place with Penneys about moving to the car park at the former Superquinn site - if it’s needed temporarily.
The NFM is used by some about 18 small businesses each week and is open every Saturday from 10am to 3pm.
The canal harbour area is also a possibility as a new location - though there is a shortage of parking here.
Meanwhile the market remains open and organiser Siobhan Popplewell has stood down. “It (the role) is not much fun at the moment and because I’ve been there from the start I feel I would like to move on to do with things and I have a young family,” Ms. Popplewell told the Leader.
She said that the fact that the traders have to move and the delay in nailing down an alternative location were factors in her decision.