Credit Union stays
Fears as businesses desert town for Monread centre

MANAGEMENT at Naas Credit Union have scotched rumours that the head office is to relocate to the Tesco shopping centre at Monread.

MANAGEMENT at Naas Credit Union have scotched rumours that the head office is to relocate to the Tesco shopping centre at Monread.

Leaflets which were circulated in parts of Naas indicated that the institution had committed to moving its business to the centre – which attracts about 45,000 people every week.

“We have no intention of closing our office on the main street; it’s not something that will go ahead. We’re very much committed to the town centre and we will be here for the foreseeable future,” General Manager Sean Murray told the Leader yesterday (Monday).

He added: “What we’re concerned about is that people will think we are moving out; but we are assessing the main street and the impact that footfall figures at the Monread centre have on the centre of the town.”

Mr Murray did not rule out the possibility of a sub office opening in Monread.

Meanwhile another business, Jacksons dry cleaning/laundry business has opened a new outlet in the centre; becoming the latest business to turn its back on Naas town.

Jacksons closed the premises at Fairgreen last year and opened in Monread at the start of February. It also has outlets in Sallins, Clane, Leixlip, Maynooth, Lucan and Stillorgan.

Company representative Charlotte Bolger told the Leader that the decision to move was based on financial figures.

“Business was going down and down on a weekly basis. Rent is high in Naas town generally but in our case it wasn’t the main factor in the decision. We we concerned about losing business as well as the cost of rates. Also you can park for free in Monread and this is also a powerful reason to move.”

North Kildare Chamber Chief Executive Officer Allan Shine said he “very concerned” about the drift of business from Naas.

“There must be a concerted effort to ensure that the proper retail mix is available in the town. Footfall is down in the town centre but there have been positive developments like the opening of Holland & Barrett, Eddie Rockets and Londis and the reopening of McIntyre’s Jewellers”.