BREAKING: Florentine Shopping Centre to open in June 2020
The Bray Town Centre shopping centre and cinema will open in June 2020, a statement from Bray Chamber of Commerce has said.
Known locally under its previous proposed name, the Florentine Centre, the project has been temporarily delayed due to a number of factors, according to Bray & District Chamber of Commerce President Ruth Donnelly.
“Due to a number of different reasons, which include retaining the original façade on the main street – resulting in an increase in the need for more steel and steel workers, the architect going into receivership, and recent bad weather, the opening has been delayed a few months until the end of Q2 2020,” the statement adds.
“Practical completion will be Feb/March before fit out starts. Positive news is the interest shown in the units, with some already having signed contracts and the anchor tenants are at the advanced stages of contract completion.
“More positive news is the fact that they hope to open the cinema as soon as possible.
“We will keep you up to date on the progress and news when we hear it,” the statement concludes.
While there has been no confirmation regarding the anchor tenant, a number of high profile retailers are believed to be interested.
A grocery store will open on the site, although it has not been announced whether it will be one of the main chains such as Dunnes Stores, Tesco, SuperValu, Lidl or Aldi, all of whom are believed to have held discussions with the developers Oakmount.
It was announced earlier this year that the new Bray Town Centre will 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, says that in addition to the reserved anchor, several other substantial pre-lets are now “confirmed” for the scheme.
These include Paddy McKillen jnr’s Press Up Entertainment hospitality group which will operate the five-screen Stella cinema complex.