T.K. Maxx to open in Wexford next month
Discount retailer T.K. Maxx has revealed that long-delayed opening of its new superstore on the Wexford Quays will take place next month.
While the company has yet to make an official announcement of its opening date, it's believed to be around Thursday, June 11.
A huge banner erected around the Stonebridge development flags a June opening.
The discount retailer had been planning to open last autumn, but an objection to An Bord Pleanala by town businessman Nigel Hamilton set the project back for several months before it was thrown out by the appeals board.
Up to 40 jobs will be created when the new store opens, however, most, if not all these positions have already been filled with staff deployed to other T.K. Maxx stores in the interim.
The T.K. Maxx development will be the first sizeable retail project in the town centre since Tesco moved off the Quay to the Pierce's Foundry site in 2007. The former Tesco building at Crescent Quay was recently sold to a Dublin-based developer although details of what is planned there has yet to be made public.
Shop owners in the south of the town are hopeful that the opening of T.K. Maxx will lead to an increase in business for them. The planning permission is for three retail units within the Stonebridge development. T.K. Maxx will occupy the largest 2,505 sq.m ground floor retail space, with the businesses to occupy the two other retail units still to be named.