Dunnes Stores has refused to comment on whether it still intends opening a branch as part of a multi-million euro shopping development planned for Killarney. Last year, An Bord Pleanala gave the go ahead to the 35,000 square metre shopping centre which is to be built on the site of the former Torc Great Southern Hotel. The planning appeals board upheld the decision by Killarney Town Council to grant planning permission to Meadowlawn Properties to build the multi-million euro retail development at the site of the former Torc Great Southern Hotel.
It's planned the centre would include eight retail units, a cafe/restaurant and 563 car park spaces. It was understood that Dunnes Stores would be the anchor tenant. However, there has been speculation in Killarney that the decision by Marks and Spencer to open a store at Deerpark Shopping Centre may have impacted on plans for the Torc site. Killarney Town Councillor Sean O'Grady has called on Dunnes Stores to clarify its plans. The company has refused to comment on the situation but points out that it never comments in relation to such property matters.
There is also no response to the rumours that Dunnes Stores have pulled out of the Torc Shopping Centre development and wil be building a new store further up Park Road next to Aldi and Tesco.