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Top three placing for Manor West in poll

MANOR West Retail Park has once again been named as one of Ireland’s Top 3 shopping centres following a nationwide shopping centre productivity poll.

The Tralee retail park has come in just behind the massive Dundrum shopping centre in Dublin. The nationwide poll, conducted by Crest Skillnet, on behalf of the Department of enterprise Trade and Employment, the poll was carried out in April and May 2008.

Tenants in all shopping centres were polled on several items such as Rental Value for Money, Service Charge Value for Money, Occupancy and Tenants views on both Service Charge spending and lastly, incidental costs.

“We at Manor West are extremely gratified that our efforts to create and run a quality shopping centre have been recognised at the national level,” said Manor West manager Derek Rusk.

The productivity report shows Manor West to be a “vibrant successful development” and says the park is a “very valuable asset to the town of Tralee and the county of Kerry as a whole.” The centre provides some 1,000 jobs and pays over €800,000 in council rates annually.

“The overall position in the Top 3 most productive Shopping Centres in the country, places us ahead of such large centres as the Crescent SC in Limerick, Mahon Point and Douglas Court centres in Cork and Liffey Valley, Blanchardstown Centre and the Square, Tallaght in Dublin to name just a few,” said Derek Rusk.

“These results combined with the No 1 ranking Tralee Town received last year for the most productive High Street in the country, must indicate that together Manor West Retail Park and Tralee Town Centre provide an attractive location for local, regional and international retailers to set up shop, making Tralee a highly desirable destination for people from all over the region to come and shop,” Derek Rusk concluded.