Arklow Main Street becoming like a ‘ghost town’
MAIN STREET in Arklow is becoming a ‘ghost town’ according to a local town councillor who says that traders need to put a survival strategy in place to secure its future.
Rather than pointing the finger of blame at businesses which have moved out of the area to larger premises, Cllr. Peter Dempsey is of the opinion that it is better to take steps to invigorate the area by launching a new indoor market.
‘There is no use blaming those businesses which have changed location. I really believe that some sort of goodwill gesture from the owners of the Dunnes Stores building would go a long way if they offered cheap rent for it to be transformed into an indoor market,’ he said.
According to Cllr. Dempsey this would help to stop the area from dying away and increase footfall to the town centre.
‘If something is not done,’ he adds plenty more businesses will decline and this will have a knock-on effect on the Bridgewater Centre.
In a bid to stave off further doom and gloom Cllr. Dempsey comments that a united approach and a proactive campaign to take action from all corners including the business community and Town Council will go a long way to helping the situation.
Empty units on Main Street in Arklow Town.