TRALEE BACK IN BUSI­NESS

Ker­ry­man sur­vey re­veals re­tail oc­cu­pancy back at pre-crash lev­els

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON BROUDER

TRALEE is bounc­ing back with the num­ber of va­cant units and the num­ber of un­em­ployed peo­ple in the town now back to pre-crash lev­els.

The Ker­ry­man’s an­nual sur­vey of va­cant re­tail, of­fice and hos­pi­tal­ity units in the town cen­tre shows there are cur­rently 80 va­cant units on the main streets of the town.

The num­ber – which is 63 less than 2011 when the re­ces­sion was at its worst – may still ap­pear high but it is in fact the sec­ond low­est recorded by The Ker­ry­man since we be­gan car­ry­ing out the an­nual sur­vey in sum­mer 2008.

The best news from the sur­vey is that the re­cov­ery isn’t con­fined to any one area and is tak­ing place all over town, with pre­vi­ously va­cant units be­ing brought back into use across the town.

In ad­di­tion to the new out­lets, the re­sults of the sur­vey would also sug­gest that many more ex­ist­ing busi­nesses are sur­viv­ing as a re­cov­ery be­gins to take hold.

Mean­while the lat­est Live Reg­is­ter fig­ures from the Cen­tral Sta­tis­tics Of­fice show that un­em­ploy­ment lev­els have fallen con­sid­er­ably since the height of the re­ces­sion.

Last month there were 3,397 peo­ple sign­ing on at Tralee’s so­cial wel­fare of­fice. That rep­re­sents a drop of 3,847 on Au­gust 2011 – when lo­cal un­em­ploy­ment reached its high­est level – and is the low­est fig­ure recorded in Tralee since De­cem­ber 2007.

THE num­ber of va­cant re­tail units in Tralee has fallen back to pre-crash lev­els – that’s ac­cord­ing to the an ex­clu­sive sur­vey car­ried out by The Ker­ry­man this week.

A com­pre­hen­sive count of va­cant re­tail, of­fice and hos­pi­tal­ity units in the town cen­tre shows there are cur­rently 80 va­cant ground floor units on the main streets of the town.

The num­ber – which is 63 less than 2011 when the re­ces­sion was at its worst – may still ap­pear high but it is in fact the sec­ond low­est recorded by The Ker­ry­man since we be­gan car­ry­ing out the an­nual sur­vey in sum­mer 2008.

The best news from the sur­vey is that the re­cov­ery isn’t con­fined to any one area and is tak­ing place all over town with pre­vi­ously va­cant units be­ing brought back into use across the town.

The pri­mary town cen­tre re­tail area by which we re­fer to The Mall, and Square, Abb­ey­court, Lower Cas­tle and lower Ashe Street are at al­most full ca­pac­ity, con­tain­ing just nine of the town’s 98 va­cant premises.

The var­i­ous back streets and lanes be­tween The Mall, Maine Street and Rock Street are also no­tice­ably busier with nu­mer­ous new small busi­nesses pop­ping up and an ob­vi­ous in­crease in pass­ing trade.

In ad­di­tion to the new busi­nesses the re­sults of the sur­vey would also sug­gest many more busi­ness are sur­viv­ing as a re­cov­ery be­gins to take hold.

It is also worth not­ing that a con­sid­er­able num­ber of the more prom­i­nent va­cant units in the town – such as the for­mer Dunnes Out­let on Bridge St; the Old Oak bar on Rock Street and the KDYS Hall on Ashe Stree­ton have been ly­ing empty for over a decade and since be­fore the crash.

Photo by Dom­nick Walsh

Tralee’s re­ju­ve­nated Mall com­ing into its own amid the re­cent busy sum­mer scenes.

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