Blow for Long Walk Shopping Centre as Carroll’s closes its doors after 20 years

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The Long Walk Shopping Centre has suffered a blow to start the year following the year closure of Carroll’s Newsagents and Hallmark store.

The business, run by Ian Carroll, had occupied two units in the centre since its opening in 1994.

It is understood that the Carroll family opted to close the units following a request for higher rent.

Six staff are understood to have lost their jobs as the business turns its local focus to the Hallmark store in the Marshes Shopping Centre. The store will now primarily concentrate on the likes of greeting cards and gifts and will no longer sell newspapers.

The closure of Carroll’s in the Long Walk comes almost exactly 10 years on from their decision to pull out of the old Dundalk Shopping Centre as owners Wanze Properties looked to redevelop the site.

The Carroll family had been one of the original tenants of the Dundalk Shopping Centre when it opened its doors back in October 1974 along with Kate English, Michael Connolly, Michael Gallagher and the late Eamon Dowd.

The closure of Carroll’s is the latest blow to the Long Walk Shopping Centre following the closure of the anchor store, Penneys, last year.

There was some good news for the centre last week when, despite local speculation to the contrary, Tesco announced they would not be closing any Irish stores this year.

The closure of Carroll’s isn’t the only recent store closure locally after the Left Bank Restaurant on Park Street shut its doors just before Christmas.

Leaf Restaurant opens its doors at Tesco Extra Dundalk

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The new Leaf Restaurant opened earlier today at the Tesco Extra shopping centre.

The restaurant, which is located beside Hickey’s Pharmacy and opposite the post office, will be open from 9am to 6pm seven days a week serving breakfast, brunch and lunch.

With a full carvery and salad menu, there is plenty to choose from with a number of opening offers in place to mark the opening.

Coca Cola truck to visit Dundalk next month

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For a lot of people Christmas only really begins when they see the Coca Cola advert.

Now Christmas can really begin though as the Coca Cola truck is set to visit Dundalk very soon.

The famous truck, which appears in the famous advert with the tune ‘Holiday’s are coming’, will be at the Tesco Extra at the Dundalk Shopping Centre on Friday December 5th from 4.30pm to 9pm.

Everyone is invited to come along on the day to see the famous truck and get their picture taken with it.

The Coca Cola truck first appeared on our TV screens back in 1995, with the 18 wheelers covered in more than 30,000 bulbs for the advert.

And seeing as this time next month we’ll all be recovering from the Christmas dinner around now, here’s the famous advert in all its glory…

Dublin Street post office relocating to Dundalk Shopping Centre today

The Dublin Street post office is relocating across to road to Tesco today

The Dublin Street post office is relocating across to road to Tesco today

The post office in Dublin Street closed its doors on Friday and will be reopening in the Tesco Extra megastore at the former Dundalk Shopping Centre this morning.

The outlet will be located beside Traynor’s butchers in the downstairs portion of the shopping centre and will provide all the same facilities that customers have come to expect in Dublin Street over the years.

A new restaurant is also set to open its doors shortly in Tesco.

Leaf Restaurant is currently hiring with positions available for chefs, waiting staff, deli staff and kitchen porters.

For further details contact 086 2510493.

New restaurant opening at Dundalk Shopping Centre

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A new restaurant is set to open its doors shortly at the Tesco megastore at the former Dundalk Shopping Centre.

Leaf Restaurant is currently hiring with positions available for chefs, waiting staff, deli staff and kitchen porters.

For further details contact 086 2510493.

It is also believed that the post office in Dublin Street is also set to relocate to the centre shortly.

 

49 new jobs created by the opening of Tesco Extra in Dundalk

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Tesco Ireland officially launched their new store in Dundalk yesterday, with the help of the new super junior minister and local TD Ged Nash.

The store employs 174 people in total, 90% of whom are from the local area.

It was revealed that 49 new jobs have been created by the opening with the hope that more will follow.

The store is located on the site of the former Dundalk Shopping Centre, with its doors opening for the first time last Saturday.

Tesco Extra Dundalk officially opens today

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The new Tesco Extra in Dundalk will be officially opened around 11am this morning.

Local politicians and staff of the centre are set to be in attendance with local Labour Party TD and new Minister of State for Business and Employment, Gerald Nash, set to cut the ribbon.

The new Tesco – located on the site of the former Dundalk Shopping Centre – opened on Saturday, with thousands having visited it in the first few days of trading.

New Dundalk Tesco to open this Saturday

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The new Tesco Xtra megastore at the site of the old Dundalk Shopping Centre will open two days earlier than scheduled this Saturday morning.

The temporary Tesco Metro unit on the Avenue Road will close on Thursday evening ahead of the new store’s opening two days later.

The store had expected to open on Bank Holiday Monday but has moved ahead of schedule. The filling station is already in operation for the past few days.

As well as the Tesco store, the new centre will also include former Dundalk Shopping Centre tenants Hickey’s Pharmacy and Traynor’s Butchers.

Also included in the new store is a Costa Coffee outlet and Chapz Barbers.

New road linking the Ramparts and the Avenue Road opens

Where the new road will merge onto the Avenue Road

Where the new road will merge onto the Avenue Road

The new road linking the Ramparts Road to the Avenue Road opened earlier today.

The road, which travels along the back of the new Tesco superstore at the former Dundalk Shopping Centre site emerges on to the Iron Road. From there, motorists can either turn left in the direction of the Marshes or go straight on, passing the back of Lidl and coming out at The Gym onto the Avenue Road.

A new roundabout is also in place at the rear of the shopping centre, which those travelling from the Marshes Shopping Centre direction of the Ramparts Road will have to use if they wish to travel onto Stapleton Place.

The filling station at the rear of Tesco will open this Monday, followed by the opening of the megastore itself the following week on Monday August 4th.

Countdown is on to the opening of new Tesco Dundalk

Tesco ire Logo colThe countdown is on to the opening of the new Tesco Extra megastore at Stapleton Place in Dundalk.

The filling station element of the complex – located at the site of the former Dundalk Shopping Centre – will open on Monday.

The main Tesco premises will then open its doors the following week on Bank Holiday Monday August 4th.

The new Tesco will provide groceries, clothing, hardware, a pharmacy, a butchers, a Costa Coffee outlet and much more.

It was recently revealed that more than 500 people had applied for jobs in the new Tesco, with more roles expected to be advertised in the coming weeks following its opening.

Meanwhile, a new roundabout junction has been implemented at the rear of the centre on the Ramparts Road. Cars travelling from the direction of the Marshes towards Tesco can no longer turn right to head towards Stapleton Place. They now must proceed past the turn and negotiate a roundabout before continuing on their journey.

The junction between McDonald’s and Sherry FitzGerald Carroll has also now been reduced to one lane.