Proposals for a major extension of the Quays Shopping and Leisure Centre have received planning permission. The proposal would see 7794sq metres of additional retail floor space and 1091sq metres of restaurant space developed on the site of the former petrol station on the Dublin Road side of The Quays. Phase one of The Quays was completed in 1999 and saw the development of the existing shopping centre and cinema. Phase 2 saw the development of a second commercial area (O’Neills/ Teleperformance) whilst Phase 3 saw the restoration of Drumalane Mill for office and retail purposes. As such delivery of the latest phase would be the fourth major development at the former Docklands site. In a statement Parker Green International, who own The Quays complex said, ” We are delighted at receiving this planning grant which will enable The Quays to embark on the next stage of our journey. This next phase to The Quays will create space for exciting new retail and leisure uses of which many are in advanced discussions. The development will create many new employment opportunities, always to be welcomed. At a time when other major economic and tourism projects have been announced this development will add to the region’s attractiveness as a retail tourism destination.
12th June 2013