Meadows & Byrne to open Wexford store
THE new Meadows and Byrne Lifestyle Centre at Drinagh, on the outskirts of Wexford town, is to open on schedule on the same day as the opening of the Wexford Opera Festival.
The planned October 23 opening is a triumph for the four businesses involved and for developer Barry Kehoe following months of frustration caused in the main by opposition from a town centre business.
Mr. Kehoe said fitting out would take place at an intense pace over the next 10 days.
'We've been working hard for the past three weeks,' he said, and will be working harder over the next 10 days.'
The four businesses opening in the centre at Meadows and Byrne, Kelly's Cafe, run by Rosslare hotelier Bill Kelly, Sweeney's Garden Centre and Michael Farrell Custom Furniture.
Between them, the businesses are expected to employ some 70 people, split between part- and full-time posts.
'It's all systems go,' said Bill Kelly, waiting for a pizza oven to come in from France for his new cafe.
'It's an exciting and interesting project,' said Bill, in what is first first business foray outside Rosslare.
'It drove me mad to see so many people come into the port of Rosslare and just disappear out of Wexford,' he said, 'that was my main motivation and I think something like this Meadows and Byrne development will be good for the whole area, drawing in customers from places like Waterford, capturing passing trade and serving local people as well.'
Kelly's Cafe, he said, would employ 12 people during its start up phase and will be open seven days a week from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a little later on Sundays.