Another new store heralds major revival in heart of Wexford
a major outdoor retailer is to open a new store in the heart of Wexford town, underpinning a major revival in the fortunes of South Main Street.
Mountain Warehouse, the largest outdoor retailer in the UK with more than 160 stores, is to open in what used to be the old Wool Shop premises at 39/41 South Main Street, the latest business to open in an area of the town that is undergoing major growth and expansion.
The Wexford store will be the chain's third in Ireland and the first in a provincial town in this country.
The Mountain Warehouse development will be the fourth new business to open in the south of town over the past few months and follows the opening of TK Maxx on the Quays, Costa Coffee and the discount shop Dealz.
'It's a real vote of confidence in Wexford,' said Colum Murphy, from Kehoe and Associates, who leased the property to Mountain Warehouse. The former Wool Shop premises have been empty since 2007.
'Wexford is really punching above its weight. It's very good for the town for a retailer to come in like this and test their products and model in a town in Ireland.'
Fit-out of the Mountain Warehouse premises is due to begin in four weeks time with the store due to be trading by early August.
The Wool Shop was sold to Wexford businessman Bobby O'Neill in 2007 and was subsequently bought after his businesses went into receivership by LHM Property Development, the driving force behind several of the new south end developments in the town.
As well as Mountain Warehouse, further down South Main Street a new delicatessen is expected to open soon and Lowneys Mall is being redeveloped into three separate shops.