Tipp jobs boost with landmark Nenagh business refurbishment

Thursday, 19 October 2017

THE LANDMARK Nenagh shopping Centre, O'Connor's on Martyr's Road is the be redeveloped, bringing a welcome jobs boost to the region and the promise of a much needed facelift for the premises, which has fallen into considerable disrepair.

O'Connor's, better known locally as Joey's after its former owner and original developer Joey O'Connor, closed down in May 2011 bringing to an end an era of many very fond memories for people all across North Tipperary who would travel to the giant store.

Ahead of its time in many ways, the shopping experience in O'Connor's brought department store style retail to rural Ireland at a time when only a journey to Dublin could provide a similar selection of goods all under one roof.

On Monday Tipperary County Council gave the go-ahead for the complete redevelopment of the former O'Connor's Nenagh Shopping Centre, news warmly welcomed by Thurles developer Martin Healy, who bought the site for an undisclosed fee in February 2015.

The refurbishment project will cost over €10.5-million and will create 105 jobs during its construction phase, with a further 105 jobs expected staffing the businesses located at the site when complete.

The developer has announced he plans to tender for the construction of a new shopping complex immediately and the construction phase is expected to begin later this year or early next year and take six to nine months to complete.

The news has been welcomed by Tipperary Labour TD Alan Kelly, who said the announcement is "a hugely important development for the town of Nenagh and surrounds."

Acknowledging the local cultural significance of the site, Deputy Kelly said "O'Connor's is an iconic site steeped in history for the town."

Deputy Kelly said that he had been working very closely with Mr Healy for a number of years and that both were "delighted this day has come - I spent a considerable amount of time working on the plans for the site with Martin," he said.

"I want to personally thank Martin for the interest he has shown in Nenagh and this site. He is making a huge investment in the town. This is on top of the recent move by Tus Nua into another building in the complex in recent weeks," Deputy Kelly said.


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