The impending closure of another prominent retailer in Naas has focussed attention on the decline of the town centre as a shopping venue.
Michael H, at North Main Street (beside the Presbyterian Church) retails womens’ clothing and didn’t respond to a request for a comment.
It is Dublin-based but also has boutiques in Henry Street and the Nutgrove Shopping Centre in Dublin, Dundalk, Galway and Kilkenny.
The company designs, manufactures and markets the four brands it creates each season.
The longer-established Hynes Shoes, just down the street, closed less than a month ago after 21 years in business - around the same time as the Mitzy children clothes retail outlet the opened as Happidays.
While some other smaller enterprises have opened in Naas others have closed for a variety of reasons. Around August 2013 Marks and Spencer closed its store with the loss of 37 full time and part time jobs.
Shortly afterwards the adjacent Red Cottage Retail enterprise (which opened as the Dandelion Market) shut down. Ten independent retailers operated small business enterprises there. Superquinn, bought by property speculators in the heady days of the Celtic Tiger economy, also closed with the loss of just over 100 jobs. It was eventually sold to Penneys, who have planning permission for a new store at that site but who have so preferred to stick with the dated Blessington Road outlet and the imposing three story building at Edward Street, Newbridge.
The number of business closures in the medium term is to be raised at a Kildare County Council meeting today. Cllr. Seamie Moore wants the council to “prepare a promotion or a penalties policy to urge the development of town centre sites unused for more than five years.”