The arrival of the new Dealz store in Clonmel’s O’Connell Street is a vote of confidence in the town centre.
That’s according to Brian Cleary, CEO of Clonmel Chamber of Commerce.
The discount retailer opened its 5,200 square feet store on the site of the former O’Connell Mall last Thursday.
The store has a full-time staff of 31, with a number of seasonal postions to be created at Christmas.
Brian Cleary also told The Nationalist that he understands that two or three more international brand names wil set up business in Clonmel in the next six to eight months.
“The domestic economy may still be in a bad way but in comparison to other towns Clonmel is doing very well”, he says.
“In the last month three big brands have come to Clonmel - TK Maxx, Dealz and HMV (which opened at Xtra-vision at Market Place last weekend).
When businesses such as these decide to come to a town they’ve done a significant amount of research.
They come to towns that are already performing well and have a good economic structure”.
The former O’Connell Mall, which was previously the location of Woolworth’s, had been empty for the last four years. While it had been boarded up for quite some time Mr. Cleary said negotiations were continuing to locate Dealz there.
The store is a subsidiary of Europe’s biggest discount retailer Poundland.
The store would also increase the amount of rates being paid to the Borough Council and would generate extra footfall for the surrounding shops, he added.