TRALEE'S main shopping street, The Mall, will soon be fully occupied for the first time in several years. Three vacant units on the street are due to be occupied in the coming weeks bring the street back to full occupancy for the first time since 2010.
The long vacant landmark building at the corner of The Mall and Denny Street, once home to the Allegro Restaurant and Micko's takeaway, is set to reopen as a Costa Coffee outlet in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile the former Irish Nationwide branch is to reopen as an outlet for fashion chain Paco while the previously vacant unit adjacent to Easons newsagents to be opening as an opticians in the coming days.
The news comes less than a month after a Kerryman survey showed that the number of vacant units in the town centre area has fallen by 26 per cent in the last 12 months and now stands at 99.
In August 2012 a previous survey found 134 vacant units in the town's central business area.
The results of the yearly vacancy survey showed that the number of vacant units in Tralee is now at its lowest level in five years.
In 2009 when the first survey was carried out The Kerryman found 96 vacant units in the town centre.
This increased to 129 in 2010, 143 in 2012 and fell back slightly to 134 in 2012.
This year saw the first significant drop in vacancy rates since this paper began the annual count.