When does work begin?
This has been a huge undertaking and a massive amount of work has gone into getting the plan to this stage. Thankfully, we have had great support from both SDCC and from Indego, the Centres biggest landlord. A large hurdle was getting the plans approved by An Bord Plaenola and now that this has happened, we can get on with the project plan. As with any extension of this size, funding is key and we are in the process of securing all of the relevant requirements. That can’t happen before the planning, so it’s almost like a stage process.
Now planning has been approved, the project team can start working on how exactly to get it done. Next step is the building and operational plans will be created and the contractors will need to be engaged. My expectation is if there are no hurdles, we could be turning soil in 2015 and open in 2017. The reason I say 2017 is there are two Christmases that have to happen during this time and it is vital that we make sure this development happens without disrupting the trade and its business as usual for the retailers.