There’s encouraging news for Ballina this morning with confirmation that good progress is being made with a major local development proposal.
Local FF TD Deputy Dara Calleary has had some encouraging news from Tesco Ireland today in relation to its planned store redevelopment at Market Road in the town.
The company had originally secured planning permission for a multi-million Euro development that would have involved the demolition of its exiting store and the construction of a brand new state-of-the-art 6,881 square metre supermarket incorporating underground parking.
That development was never realised however and pressure has been mounting on the retailer in the interim to act on its proposals given that Mayo Co Council had invested a lot of money to acquire local properties to accommodate the supermarket plan.
In October, 2019 Tesco Ireland confirmed that it will instead pursue the redevelopment of its existing store in Ballina to provide a welcoming, modern environment for colleagues and customers.
The company has today advised Deputy Calleary that it is making good progress in discussing the new plans with Mayo Co Council, with several meetings scheduled for the coming weeks.
“Like with a lot of things, COVID has had some impact on the project timeline, but as a priority project, we are on track and working towards seeking planning permission,” a company spokesperson said.
Deputy Calleary remarked: “At a time when there is so much bad news for retail-this is good news for Ballina. The Tesco redevelopment and its associated investment in rejuvenating Ballina town centre will be crucial in our Covid-19 fightback. I will continue to work with all the parties on pursuing this project to its conclusion.”