Scaffolding now dominates Dunnes Stores in Newbridge as work continues on multi-million euro revamp

Store remains open

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Scaffolding now dominates Dunnes Stores in Newbridge as work continues on multi-million euro revamp

The scaffolding now juts out into the car park PICTURE: Tony Keane

Work is progressing on a major multi-million euro revamp at Dunnes Stores on the Moorefield Road in Newbridge.

Giant scaffolding has been erected at the front of the building jutting out into the car park but the store remains open. The toilets have been moved to portable units set up to the lefthand side of the entrance. The cafe is now located inside the store.  

The project had been held up after it was appealed to An Bord Pleanála due to the controversial ‘Great Wall of Dunnes’.

A local business man highlighted the council Transport Department’s concerns that the wall would ” endanger public safety by reason of a traffic hazard”.

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Dunnes told the planners it does not own the land on the other side of the wall and has no legal right to open up an access point.

An Bord Pleanála did not ask for the removal of the wall between Dunnes and Newbridge Retail Park.

The revamp involves the demolition of nine units to the right hand side of the building as well as the restaurant. The units on the left are being renovated to incorporate four new units and an upgraded toilet block.

The textile and grocery areas will expand, and a new entrance built along with 417 car spaces, and a covered walk-way.

The front of the store at present