Plans for €100m 850 job 'Kildare Village' style retail centre on outskirts of Cork City revealed

Plans for €100m 850 job 'Kildare Village' style retail centre on outskirts of Cork City revealed

A British-based company is proposing to build a €100m retail centre, similar to Kildare Village, on the eastern outskirts of Cork city, which it says will create more than 850 permanent jobs and a further 640 during construction.

Rioja Estates plans to create a 'Tourist Outlet Village' (TOV) close to the IDA industrial estate at Killacloyne, Carrigtwohill.

Rioja Estates, which describes itself as 'the largest independent outlet promoter and developer in Europe', has in the past 25 years created more than 4 million sq.ft. of TOV floorspace at 13 outlets across Britain.

It is currently developing two more centres at Cannock, Staffordshire and Grantham, Lincolnshire

The company believes the Cork TOV will draw 220,000 additional tourists to the region annually.

A TOV is a specialist form of retail and tourist destination, drawing visitors from a two-hour drive radius.

TOVs sell premium brands as well as heavily discounted products not normally found on the high street — for example end-of-line, seconds and out of season goods.

Rioja Estates says it will be similar to Kildare Village, which opened in 2006.

The company carried out “extensive research over the last four years” which it says shows there is room for another TOV in Ireland.

A detailed search for potential sites throughout Ireland was undertaken and it quickly became clear that Cork is the preferred setting.

The company said Carrigtwohill is the optimum site as it is served by a very good road network, has a rail link and is very close to tourist attractions such as Spike Island, Fota Wildlife Park, Fota House, the Titanic Experience, The Queenstown Story, Cobh's deep water cruise liner terminal, and Jameson Distillery in Midleton.

The current County Development Plan (CDP) will need to be amended to accommodate such centres being constructed in Cork.

The company has already made a detailed submission to Cork County Council on the project and a report will be given to councillors on it by the end of next month. It's expected councillors will then vote on the recommendations of their management by the end of January.

Plans for €100m 850 job 'Kildare Village' style retail centre on outskirts of Cork City revealed

Subject to their approval, the company said it will lodge a planning application for the project in mid-2020 and will engage with the local community and businesses in the interim.

As part of the plan Rioja Estates proposes to carry out specific road improvements in the area.

Managing director of Rioja Estates, Giles Membrey, said their extensive research has shown "that there is room for one more Tourist Outlet Village in Ireland".

Mr Membrey added: “We are an off-peak trader as we open at 10am and close at 8pm, and therefore we have no impact on any rush hour traffic.”

The retail park is expected to take 24 months to build and Rioja Estates hopes to open the retail centre by March, 2024.

More on this topic

Remaking a city centre: Plan will work if rules enforcedRemaking a city centre: Plan will work if rules enforced

Calls for more enforcement of Cork's Patrick St car banCalls for more enforcement of Cork's Patrick St car ban

Victorian Quarter ‘insult to Tomás MacCurtain’Victorian Quarter ‘insult to Tomás MacCurtain’

Thunder Child II ready for testing ahead of world record attemptThunder Child II ready for testing ahead of world record attempt


More in this Section

'He put his hands around my neck and started to choke me' - Cork man convicted of assaulting his sister'He put his hands around my neck and started to choke me' - Cork man convicted of assaulting his sister

Jack Butler Yeats painting sells at auction for three-times its estimateJack Butler Yeats painting sells at auction for three-times its estimate

Court quashes conviction of one of three men for burglary which saw Limerick family assaulted and threatenedCourt quashes conviction of one of three men for burglary which saw Limerick family assaulted and threatened

Taoiseach accuses Fianna Fáil of 'anti-rural agenda' over smoky coal banTaoiseach accuses Fianna Fáil of 'anti-rural agenda' over smoky coal ban


Lifestyle

They’re the best air purifiers around so we should grow more houseplants all year round, says Peter Dowdall.Not just for December: The reason why she should grow more houseplants all year round

Let's face it — for the first few years of a child’s life you can dress them exactly how you want to.Alison Curtis: Clothes shopping with your young girl can be a tricky thing to do

Lizzo, Demi Lovato and Ashley Graham are among those prompting us to practise a little more self-love.5 times celebrities reminded us to be body positive in 2019

Wondering about wine for the big day? Leslie Williams has all the options, for every taste and budget.Something from the bar: The perfect drink selections this Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner