The entrance to the Superquinn site, with the former Grandstand pub on the left
Plans for a major renovation project at the former Superquinn site in Naas are in the pipeline.
A planning application for substantial alteratoins has been made with Kildare County Council.
It is proposed to “upgrade and modernise” the supermarket and this work includes demolishing a flat roof as well as work to the long-closed Grandstand public house - which was used as a store by Superquinn (and is a protected structure).
A new service lane is proposed as well as a single storey extension of 145 square metres to the front of the existing supermarket. This will comprise retail sales space and an ancillary cafe, to include a retractable awning.
The application is at the pre-validation stage, a technical term which means it is not quite yet an official planning application.
Dunne Stores is said to be intent on opening a store at that location, though the company hasn’t commented and this work may facilitate such a new supermarket.
The application also envisages a new lobby and a reconfiguration of the supermarket’s existing retail, off-licence and storage space.
The supermarket’s first floor will be replaced and there will be changes to the ground floor storage area, the car park and the existing signs.
Any individual can make a submission on the plans and these must be received by KCC by the end of January.
A decision is due three weeks later.