Crowds flock for their first glimpse of Johnston Court shopping centre
Published 31/10/2007 | 00:11
The crowds enjoyed live music and entertainment throughout the day, creating a buzz and an atmosphere which, the developers are confident, will reverberate around Johnston Court and indeed the city, for many years to come.The 110,000 square foot light-filled mall is the culmination of a five-year, ?70m development project.The developers are Ray and Eileen Monahan."Sligo has
Crowds turned out over the weekend for their first glimpse of Sligo's much anticipated Johnston Court Shopping Centre, which opened its doors amid a day of celebration and an extravaganza of music, colour and carnival on Thursday last.Following the official ribbon cutting ceremony by Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Jimmy Devins TD, hundreds of balloons were released in celebration of the landmark event which reaffirms Sligo's standing as the premier retail destination of the North West.
The crowds enjoyed live music and entertainment throughout the day, creating a buzz and an atmosphere which, the developers are confident, will reverberate around Johnston Court and indeed the city, for many years to come.
The 110,000 square foot light-filled mall is the culmination of a five-year, ?70m development project.
The developers are Ray and Eileen Monahan.
"Sligo has so much to offer," said Mr. Monahan. "It is a great place to live, a perfect spot for a holiday, offers outstanding recreational facilities and, in 2007, is a great place to do business. When we started out on this journey we had a single objective; we wanted to be an integral part of all that was great about Sligo and we feel that we have accomplished our goal.
"The fact that top international brand names have selected Sligo for their inaugural Irish openings and that stores such as Vila, Exit, Tommy Hilfiger and Pamela Scott have sought out the city for their new stores, is indicative of the confidence that businesses - both domestic and international - have in our local economy," continued Mr. Monahan.
Johnston Court has attracted 28 retail outlets including two renowned international fashion houses Esprit Black and Tom Tailor, both of which are new to the Irish market. energetic person to those preferring a more tranquil stay.
The Mall was designed to the highest standards by a team from both the
Dublin and Galway offices of Douglas Wallace Architects,
The centrepiece of the Mall, a magnificent winding staircase, leads to a first and second floor coffee shop, which overlooks O'Connell Street and provides a real focus for the centre.
Johnston Court will have 28, two-storey shops and a juice bar, coffee shop and restaurant.
The Mall is covered with an elaborate glazed roof, 6m high and, together with double height entrances, will allow for maximum natural light penetration. The extent of natural light is complemented by internal lighting of blue and white and the Mall is floored and decorated throughout with Jura Limestone.
Douglas Wallace Architects have married the building's original frontage, which faces onto O'Connell Street, with a galleria style pedestrian mall, leading onto the Wine Street Car Park
Johnston Court is developers Ray and Eileen Monahan's first major retail development. They have already completed office and commercial developments in Sligo and Dublin. They have a number of developments at planning.
Interior design was dealt with by Derek Adams and Tariq Abood.
Selling agents are Ed Douglas and Nigel Kingston in DNG Commercial.
Project Managers were Mike Gallagher and Suzanne O'Callaghan of PSS.