Despair in Naas over M & S announcement

Paul O’Meara

Reporter:

Paul O’Meara

Dep Tony Lawlor.
There has been a mixed reaction to the pending closure of the Marsk & Spencer store in Naas.

There has been a mixed reaction to the pending closure of the Marsk & Spencer store in Naas.

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor TD, said he hoped that the staff involved will be given every support possible to re-enter the workforce without delay.

“The decision to close the Naas Marks and Spencer shop once again brings into sharp focus the need to urgently deal with trading in Naas town and an urgency to proceed with the uncompleted town centre complex. It is now incumbent on all of us - elected representatives, council officials and business people - to rally around and bring this long outstanding issue to a positive close. It is imperative that the town centre can open as soon as possible with a flagship store in order to reignite trade in the town centre.”

He also hit out at the out of town shopping centres which take business away formthe town centre.

North Kildare Chamber President, Eilis Quinlan said:”This news is a further blow to Naas and will only lead to people shopping in our numerous out of town retail parks and shopping centres. The heart of the town is crucial to all sectors of business. The chamber are completing a marketing plan for Naas in the next 3 weeks and one of the main outcomes of this report is the urgent requirement to create a retail strategy group for the town.”

Cllr. Willie Callaghan said it’s extremely disappointing to see a company trade in the town successful for years decide at short notice to close it doors, and at the same time announce that a new store is opening in Limerick.

“Where is their loyalty to the staff and customers in Naas. Some staff members received a call this morning while on their holidays with their families,” he said.