UP to 55 jobs could be created if a large indoor market in Naas proves to be commercially viable.
The artisan market, modelled on Camden Market, will open at Naas Town Centre, Dublin Road (beside Marks & Spencer) on Easter Sunday (April 8) and before thousands of people arrive in the town for the annual racing festival at Punchestown.
Rathmore native and former Naas CBS student Robert Mullee is promoting the enterprise and hopes to get 45 people to open stands offering a wide variety of goods and services.
“There will be a food emporium and and internet facility housed in a Mini car built into the wall as well as fresh produce sales. I’m interested in hearing from anybody who wishes to open a stall and some of these who will already have businesses established in Naas,” Mr. Mullee told the Leader.
He added: “ I would like it to be bit like Camden Town with a market-type feel. Every unit will be unique and selling something different at value for money prices. It will be properly laid out and will look cool.”
Mr. Mullee has rented the site, previously a furniture store, from Tom Treacy, son of the late TomTreacy, who developed the building.
He said it will be possible to have flexible rent and leasing arrangements.
“We are trying to keep overheads and other costs low. The minimum rent in Naas is €15,000 a year but people who want to open up in the artisan market can do so with a commitment to rent for two months. The site is big enough to be a small shopping centre and I hope it will have a strong community feel to it,” said the 25-year-old.
The market is aimed as start-up enterprises as well as businesses seeking to either expand or to relocate from an existing address.
It will be fully secure and will also have a customer services and control desk.