The status of Clonmel as a great retail destination has been confirmed by a vote of confidence in the town by two major brand-names.
Amidst a country-wide reorganisation by department store chain Marks and Spencer the local store, at the Showgrounds Shopping Centre, was confirmed not only as ‘safe’ but as one of the chain’s top five performing stores.
CEO of Clonmel Chamber Brian Cleary spoke to M&S representatives in the wake of their announcement that several stores were to close and a superstore developed in Limerick, and he was told not only was the Clonmel store to stay open, but that it was a top performer in the company.
Another major chain, Superquinn, was also in the news when it was announced by owners Musgrave that the Clonmel grocery store is to be rebranded as a Super Value supermarket, along with all Superquinn stores. Assurances were again given to Clonmel Chamber that ‘all is good’ with the store in Clonmel’s Marketplace. The rebranding is not expected to take effect for several months and there are no fears of job losses at the local level. Both companies are part of a show of confidence in the town, with other major brands including SuperMacs and TK Maxx coming to Clonmel. The fast food restaurant officially opened last weekend and TK Maxx are to open their biggest store in the South East in October, at the Showgrounds Shopping Centre.