03 Oct 2022

Tipperary development: Lidl opens €12m Nenagh store this week

Tipperary development: Lidl opens €12m Nenagh store this week

Two-Mile Borris developer Martin Healy

The first phase of the massive redevelopment of the former O'Connors Shopping Centre site in Nenagh is due to open this Thursday when German discount giant Lidl opens its doors to the public.

The retail unit will be the flagship project in the rejuvenation of Martyr's Road by Two-Mile Borris developer Martin Healy, with the former shopping centre having lain idle since it closed suddenly in 2011 with the loss of around 70 jobs.

Mr Healy bought the 5.5-acre site in 2015 and subsequently turned it into an eight-acre site.

Lidl will be the anchor tenant in the €12m redevelopment, moving from their original shop at the back of Martyr's Road to the front section, and, in the first of its kind in Ireland, will have a plaza to the front. And, we understand that the German retail giant has further plans for other major developmens in the county also.

Developer Mr Healy told the Tipperary Star that when Lidl moves out of their old premises he will take possession of it and lodge a planning application with Tipperary County Council for a 30,000 square foot office premises, which will be developed at a cost of €2.5m.

He paid tribute to contractors Mannings Construction Ireland, who, Mr Healy said, had been exemplary in their work throughout the build.

“I also want to acknowledge and thank Tipperary County Council and the people of Nenagh for their co-operation, which has been unbelieveable,” he said.

The site was developed in keeping with Tipperary County Council's strategic plan for that part of Nenagh, which will also see new plans for Mr Price and the former Sheahans yard

Miroslav Kokot, store manager said: “We are delighted to open our new store in Nenagh after six months of construction.” Lidl has hired extra staff for the new store, giving local employment a boost.

Nenagh MDC Cathaoirleach and county chair Cllr Mattie Ryan welcomed the opening, saying it was a “substantial investment” for the town. He said that it would tidy up an area that had become an eyesore and would be a link to the primary retail centre of Nenagh.

Chamber vice-president Denis Finnerty said the development would be a “great boost to the town centre. It can do nothing but good for the town.” Mr Finnerty welcomed the plaza aspect of the development, saying it would provide a public space from where people could filter into town. “It is another step in the right direction. We just need to bring it to another level.”

The development has also been welcomed by Deputy Alan Kelly.

Meanwhile, Mr Healy revealed to the Tipperary Star that he is in the process of submitting a new planning application to develop the former Munster Hotel in Thurles, which he also owns.

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