The plan by Penneys to build a €75m logistics centre on the outskirts of Newbridge may hasten the arrival of a second bridge spanning the River Liffey in the town.
A second bridge has been identified as the best way of easing congestion in the town - but no formal proposals have been put forward yet.
Kildare South TD Martin Heydon said the plan is a welcome boost to the local economy.
He also said that increased traffic movement, if the application is approved "will strengthen further the need for a second bridge for Newbridge" .
He also pointed out that Kildare County Council has progressed this to the design phase.
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