Ballymun, Fianna Fail Councillor, Paul McAuliffe has called on NAMA and the City Council to present an immediate short term plan to local Councillors following the news that Tesco, the only anchor tenant in the old Ballymun Shopping Centre will close their store. The news came as a complete shock to employees of the store who received the news today.
My immediate concern is for those staff members of Tesco who I hope can be redeployed within the existing network of stores, but I am also concerned for workers in neighboring shops who will now see a massive decrease in footfall. The future of the shopping centre has been debated for more than 10 years with little progress made by the developer Treasury Holdings. Following the collapse of Treasury, the centre is now owned by the City Council and NAMA. I am calling on both parties to develop an immediate short term plan which will retain neighborhood shopping facilities and prevent the shopping centre becoming more of an eyesore than it already is. Last week the City Council instructed auctioneers Lisney to market a site immediately beside the old centre as a site for a new supermarket. At this point we don’t know who will express an interest in the site but I am skeptical about locating another medium sized supermarket in Ballymun without a wider economic plan for the area. I have had and will continue to have discussions with officials in Ballymun regeneration and the City Council on this issue”