Sur­vey method­ol­ogy: How the count is car­ried out on streets

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

THE an­nual Ker­ry­man re­tail va­cancy sur­vey has been car­ried out ev­ery sum­mer since 2008.

It in­volves a street by street count of va­cant re­tail units – car­ried out in a sin­gle day – in an area stretch­ing roughly from Bo­her­bee to Strand Street and from the North Cir­cu­lar Road to Prince Street in the south.

For the pur­poses of the sur­vey only ground floor units suit­able for re­tail, hos­pi­tal­ity or of­fice uses are counted and the size of the va­cant unit is not con­sid­ered as a fac­tor.

Build­ings con­tain­ing other va­cant units on other lev­els in ad­di­tion to the ground floor are only counted once.

The Tralee Shop­ping Cen­tre is not in­cluded as per the sur­vey’s guide­lines it can only be counted once. The Sur­vey also does not take ac­count the length of time a unit has been va­cant. Sev­eral premises in­cluded in the sur­vey have been va­cant for over ten years, and some for con­sid­er­ably longer.

Va­cant units that are ei­ther derelict or in such a con­di­tion that they have no rea­son­able chance of hous­ing a busi­ness in the rel­a­tively near fu­ture are also ex­cluded.

Va­cant units which are lo­cated on cor­ners are in­cluded in the fig­ures for the street on which their main en­trances are lo­cated.

In ad­di­tion a small num­ber of cur­rently va­cant units which are known to have in­com­ing ten­ants and which are cer­tain to be in use in the near fu­ture are not in­cluded in the fig­ures.

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