Stalemate as Penneys sing dumb on plans for new Naas store opening

Pennys site at the former Superquin store location in Naas.    Photo Tony Keane

Pennys site at the former Superquin store location in Naas. Photo Tony Keane

Penneys has refused to comment on its plans for the former Superquinn store it owns in Naas. The company again declined to comment on its intentions for the town site it purchased for a reputed €20m in 2007.

The site remains derelict since Superquinn closed down in early February 2012 when 110 jobs were lost.

By that time the Superquinn, now owned by what were effectively property speculators, had sold out and were renting the premises from Penneys.

Despite having sold the Naas (and other) premises, Superquinn blamed Penneys for the Naas closure saying it happened because Penneys wished to take control of the site. Superquinn also said it had examined the possibility of remaining in Naas but a suitable site was not available.

In recent days quantities of old shopfitting equipment have been removed from the store.

However a request to Penneys for information about its plans elicited a five word reply through a public relations company on Penneys’ behalf - “unfortunately we have no comment.” Penneys has planning permission for a new store at the site, originally granted by Naas Town Council in March 2011 for a three storey building. However this permission was objected to by Liam O’Farrell, one of those associated with the unopened Naas Shopping Centre. He appealed on the basis that there is insufficient car parking in the town centre to cater for a new Penneys store. The An Bord Pleanala inspector who dealt with the appeal recommended that permission for the store be refused mainly because of the “scale and bulk” of the proposed development.But this recommendation was not accepted by the ABP board which noted that Penneys had in the meantime proposed a smaller sized store on the site.




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