BREAKING: Frustration as long-awaited Florentine Shopping Centre delayed again
The long-awaited Florentine Shopping Centre development has been delayed yet again.
Last month WicklowNow.ie revealed that the new Bray Town Centre would open by June this year.
However, a meeting of Bray Town Council last night heard the developers estimated the “fit-out” of the new shopping centre will take another three to four months to complete after the contruction phrase, meaning the opening date is likely to be delayed until September.
Members of Bray Municipal District were circulated with a copy of the most recent monthly report on the centre prepared by the developers, Oakmount.
According to the report, Oakmount, following discussions with the contractor Glenbrier, indicated a “pessimistic date” of June 2020 for opening, but said it hoped work would be completed before this date. But it added the “fit out for various anchor tenants and units” will then take approximately three to four more months”.
A spokesperson for Bray Town Council told WicklowNow.ie: “The developer hopes to start incrementally opening some of the units in the latter part of quarter three. While this delay is disappointing, the opening of Bray Town Centre development will rejuvenate the heart of the town and its environs and add life and vibrancy to the Main Street area in the evenings.”
The meeting also heard contruction on the site has been hampered by the weather in recent weeks and has “completely stalled” the stalled the laying of blocks and brick work.
Maintaining the facade on the Main Street has also turned into a much bigger and slower job than anticipated, while the developers also reported a general shortage of available steel installation crews.
Remedial work has also had to be carried out to adjoining property, which hadn’t been anticipated.
There has still been no updates regarding the new shopping centre’s anchor tenant, although a number of high profile retailers are believed to be interested.
A grocery store will open on the site, although it has not been confirmed if it will be one of the main supermarket chains such as Dunnes Stores, Tesco, SuperValu, Lidl or Aldi, all of whom are believed to have held discussions with the developers Oakmount.
The new Bray Town Centre will also have a five-screen cinema and a branch of renowned restaurant chain, Elephant & Castle.
The retail-led scheme, which has been dogged by delays and bitter recriminations in various forms since the development proposals were first mooted in 1996, had originally slated for a Spring 2020 opening.
It will include three anchor stores – one of which is the the grocery unit – and nine other retail units, restaurant and cafe space, and 250 car parking spaces.
A new urban street – accessed from Bray Main Street – and a central plaza with pedestrian access from Quinsborough Road are also incorporated into the development which will be centred a new pedestrianised street that will open on to Main Street and end in a public space.
Savills, letting agents for the scheme, previously confirmed several other substantial pre-lets in addition to the reserved anchor.
These include Paddy McKillen jnr’s Press Up Entertainment hospitality group which will operate the five-screen Stella cinema complex.