A new shopping area at Arthur’s Quay, set to come before planners by Christmas, will give Marks & Spencer a prime central location, Limerick city’s economic boss has said.
With rumours the British retailer is about to sign a deal to move into the yet-to-be-completed Parkway Valley shopping centre on the Dublin Road, Tom Enright has said he hopes they will hold fire – and look to the brand new city square, which will have provision for a large multiple at its heart.
The Limerick 2030 masterplan includes a major new retail development at Arthur’s Quay, which could include a new 10,000 square meter anchor tenant to its east, alongside smaller shops and bars.
Belfast developer Suneil Sharma, the lead developer behind the Parkway Valley centre, has courted Marks & Spencer, which has yet to open its first Limerick outlet.
But having also held discussions with the retailer, Mr Enright hopes the city centre proposals will blow the incomplete development on the outskirts out of the water.
In a sign of confidence, the council has produced impressions of a new city square with Marks & Spencer at its heart.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Mr Enright said: “I know from talking to Marks and Spencer that they are looking at Limerick. Currently, the only development which has planning permission that can accommodate them is the Parkway Valley.”