BRAY Wanderers Football Club is planning a €5m development that could attract a major supermarket to the Carlisle Grounds.
The development would also mean the construction of a new stadium on the existing site. Still in the very early stages, with a planning application yet to be lodged, the project could be completed within 12 months of a successful application.
Club president Philip Hannigan, a former chairman and owner of Hard Metal, is spearheading the scheme and has been working on its inception since December. A scale model and pictures will be ready by next week.
Mr Hannigan has been involved in negotiations with a well-known tenant and hopes to conclude those and make an agreement before releasing the name of the company.
‘ The proposal will include a number of small retail outlets and one large shop as well as 80 parking spaces,’ he explained.
He said that the development is by the club itself, not an outside investor, and will enhance both the town of Bray and the future of the club itself.
‘Plans were presented to the board two weeks ago as well as to employees and the supporters club, all of whom are generally happy with the move, said Mr Hannigan.