40 jobs expected at TK Maxx
THE new TK Maxx department store, which is due to open in Wexford over the summer, will create at least 40 jobs, according to local business sources.
While the company has yet to make an official comment on the development, it has submitted a planning application to the borough council to develop the internal layout of the Stonebridge complex on Paul Quay.
'I understand that there will be around 40 jobs create at the store. It's great news for the town,' said a well-placed business source.
With TK Maxx as the main anchor business, there will be two other shop units on the ground floor of the complex, although who will occupy these premises has still to be revealed.
The presence of the chain store on the Quays will increase all-important footfall in a part of the town that sees very little at the moment, and it's hoped will result in other businesses attracted to the area.
Wexford Chamber president Martin Doyle welcomed the news of the TK Maxx plans.
'The Chamber's focus is always on job creation and part of our agenda is to see vacant units on the Main Street occupied,' he said.
'The arrival in Wexford of a major retailer such as TK Maxx, I believe, will increase our offering in terms of being recognised as a major shopping destination in the South East,' said Martin.
'Increased footfall can only be beneficial to a town and the added attraction of a shop like TK Maxx will bring a new shopper to town who in turn will visit other shops and cafés in the area,' he said.
Borough councillors are meanwhile anxious that existing empty shop units such as Dunnes on the Main Street and the former Tesco premises on Crescent Quay are occupied and properly maintained as well.
In the meantime, steps are being taken to levy rates on empty business premises to encourage the property owners to utilise them.