ONE of the country's oldest shopping centre is to get a €5m facelift.
Some 300 jobs will be provided in the mall revamp, which will include new floors, lights, and mall furniture at Northside Shopping Centre, built more than 40 years ago in Coolock, Dublin, .
Letting agents Savills Ireland said Headland Property Holdings Limited, with the support of NAMA, is showing their commitment to giving the centre a new lease of life.
Several shops will be upgraded and additional space will be created for kiosks.
After planning permission requirements are complete, the external facade of the centre will also be upgraded in a second phase of the work, with with improved signage, new external cladding and enhanced visibility from the road.
Three new pavilion-style entrances have been designed to replace the existing entrances.
Superquinn will also be refurbishing and modernising its store. The refurbishment will safeguard more than 1,000 jobs at the centre.
The investment is expected to attract new interest from a number of high-calibre tenants to join anchor stores Super-quinn and Dunnes, along with McDonald's, New Look, Subway, Holland & Barratt, Lifestyle Sports, Euro Giant and many more. The Northside team has started negotiations with several outlets to locate in the refurbished centre, said the letting agents.
The area in which the shopping centre stands had been earmarked for massive €1.2bn plan to develop it into Northside Town Centre.
The plans – which were made public in 2007 and went as far as An Bord Pleanala – had all its car parking facilities underground.
The shopping centre would have been replaced with a sprawling retail and residential facility on 10 separate grounds. Developers also sought to build 1,340 apartments in the area.
Although these plans were put on ice, Northside Shopping Centre continues to be a popular outlet for locals in surrounding areas.
Centre manager Alan McCabe told the Herald: "The centre had a refit in 1988 but this is by far the most significant revamp ever.
"Customers and tenants are delighted with the news."
He added: "The centre really has a very important place at the heart of the Coolock community. It's more like a community centre on a retail scale."
Around 75pc to 80pc of the units are doing business but the refurbishment will attract many more businesses to open, he said.
The centre was opened on October 1, 1970, by RTE star Mike Murphy.
"We are unique in Europe by being the only shopping centre with a swimming pool on the roof," he said.
The pool is run by Dublin City Council.