“Naas Town is no ghost town. Interested party close to signing for Superquinn site” – North Kildare Chamber

Naas Town
Despite the doors closing on the iconic North Main Street building of Prout’s, Allan Shine President of North Kildare Chamber says Naas is no ghost town with many positives steps being taken to renew footfall on Main Street. “I have it on reliable authority that an interested party is close to signing for the former Superquinn site. This will bring renewed interested in North Main Street but shop owners have to diversify, to adapt to the retailer’s changing habits. There are many businesses still thriving in Naas but they’ve tried to keep a-pace with changing trends in retail. Free parking in the town and public car-parks all day Saturday and Sunday has made a positive impact”. Despite Naas Town having major supermarket outlets, butcher shops are enjoying steady trade, with Cross’s Centra at Hazelmere and Supervalu at the Fairgreen attracting huge custom. “Unfortunately, during tough economic times, the retail sector is always the last to recover and particularly in major urban and densely populated areas, the smaller businesses can lose out” said Mr Shine who added the official launch of Kerry Group which brought 850 jobs to Naas and the launch of Skinlogic at Naas Town Centre last week are overlooked  amidst the ‘ghost town’ image that has been attached to Naas Town. North Kildare Chamber in conjunction with the Local Enterprise Office Kildare are hosting a Retail Development Programme scheduled for late October. “This programme will consist of 4 full days at the Chamber’s offices in Naas with onsite Mentoring/Training. It is targeted at independent store owners/managers (shops, cafes, beauticians), anyone who meets the customer face to face” said Mr Shine. Workshops will help business owners to develop aggressive sales growth strategies, branding and developing customer service, retail management and visual merchandising. Applicants can log onto the Chambers website for forms or contact  Gerard McCluskey phone 045 980 838 for details.  Closing date is September 25th, 2015.

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