Survey methodology: How the count is carried out on streets
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.