M&S to be anchor in Clonmel
The first Marks & Spencer store to open in the southeast will be located in the new Showgrounds Shopping Centre in Clonmel. The 11,150sqm shopping centre is being developed by Greenband Investments, whose directors are Limerick-based Paul O'Brien and Mary Moran.
It's expected to create 250 jobs during construction, plus a further 100 new positions when the scheme is completed in May 2009.
The 2,100sqm M&S anchor store will offer a wide range of womenswear, menswear and childrenswear, as well as a food hall and an M&S cafe.
The deal was negotiated by Marks & Spencer agent Caren Leon, of CBRE, in London. Joint agents for the Clonmel scheme are Savills HOK and Property Partners Tom Pollard.
Jonathan Smith, M&S head of Ireland, said: "We're delighted to be anchoring the Showgrounds Shopping Centre with a brand new M&S store, bringing 100 new jobs to the area."
Peter O'Meara, from Savills HOK, said: "We received a highly positive response from retailers, who see Clonmel as under-supplied in terms of retail choice. The centre will have a strong fashion focus and we are now in negotiations for a second anchor as well as other national and multinational brands."
Tom Pollard, of Property Partners, said: "The Showgrounds will bring 28 new retail units and in excess of 300 car parking spaces to the heart of the town."