MORE retail enterprises are set to open in the Monread area of Naas – as businesses in the town centre close or move out.
The Top Twenty music store became the latest high profile town centre business to close its doors and although another retailer, Vodafone, has opened up in that building it has simply moved from South Main Street.
Naas Town Council is powerless to halt the drift of business from the town centre – and the consequent loss of rates to NTC.
The Leader understands that Kentucky Fried Chicken has expressed interest in opening a fast food unit in Monread and if this materialises it will represent a considerable challenge to McDonalds in Naas town.
A spokesperson for the franchisee that operates KFC in Ireland said:
“We’d love to open a restaurant in Naas because we know there’s a great demand for KFC in the area, although it’s still very early days at the moment. We’re looking at a number of locations for a new store, which would create around forty jobs in the community, and we hope to have some good news in the future.”
Meanwhile work is well underway on the construction of the Aldi store in Monread. An Aldi spokesman declined to disclose a possible opening date for the supermarket unit.
The decision to allow the store to proceed was made by An Bord Pleanala. Paradoxically Kildare County Council refused permission for it – despite zoning land in the area for retail purposes.