A legal dispute is delaying the planned €40 million revamp of The Square Tallaght, potentially costing the area 700 new jobs, reports The Herald.
An Bord Pleanala granted planning permission for the Nama-backed refurbishment in September 2014, and it is set to include the development of a new department store and the creation of an additional 135,000 square feet of retail space.
However, in November, Dunnes Stores requested a judicial review of the planning permission, saying that it felt the redevelopment would impact on its retail business in the centre.
According to The Herald, it is also alleged that Dunnes Stores refused to recognise a notice from Square Management that common areas like car parks would be redeveloped, and that the three bodies behind the The Square Tallaght have taken separate actions against the retailer.
Indego, the holding company that owns the majority of the shopping centre, has said the planned additions to The Square Tallaght would put it on the map as one of Dublin’s key shopping destinations.
“The development provides for flexible large retail floor space currently lacking and a department store,” said Indego CEO Bernard Hamill.
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