Rumours of plan for Naas M & S site unfounded

Speculation that a supermarket is about to open in the shopping centre at Dublin Road/Wolfe Tone Street has been quashed.

Speculation that a supermarket is about to open in the shopping centre at Dublin Road/Wolfe Tone Street has been quashed.

There were rumours that Musgraves, which owns a number of supermarket brands including Super Valu, was to open a new store in the units occupied until recently by Marks and Spencer and Red Cottage Retail (formerly the Dandelion Market).

Marks and Spencer closed its foodstore on August 17 with the loss of 37 full time and part time jobs. It was one of a number of store closures signalled by the company and the branches were said to be unprofitable.

More recently, Red Cottage Retail closed and some 10 independent retailers had businesses there.

At the time proprietor Glenn Phillips said the enterprise was not sustainable shoppers were simply not spending enough.

The closures prompted calls by North Kildare Chamber and some politicians for efforts to be made to bring more people into the town centre.

Concern has been expressed at the numbers of people shopping at out of town centres such as the Tesco centre in Monread instead of the town centre.

Complaints have also been made about the effect of pay parking and vehicle clamping.

It was rumoured that the premises had been assessed for suitability as a supermarket premises but no announcement had been made by the company.

Musgraves’ has previously been linked to the unopened Naas Shopping Centre as a possible anchor tenant.

Naas councillor Seamie Moore said he would welcome a store opening at Dublin Road or the centre.

Super Valu confirmed to the Leader yesterday (Monday) that it has no plans to open a store on the M & S site.

- Paul O’Meara