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Moloney Calls for Retail Initiative for Cahir

At this months Municipal District meeting a request from Cllr Andy Moloney on the council to carry out a retail study on Cahir Town to curb the movement of businesses out of town and increase trade within,received a fairly comprehensive answer.

Accelerate Business Coaching were appointed as the Retail Consultant for the delivery of County Tipperary Town Centres. The initiative encompasses nine towns of which retail strategies,past and present will be looked at in consultation with all stakeholders and the establishment or amendment of town centre forums in each town. A strategic retail plan and a costed 3 year retail focused plan for each town and a comprehensive report on all aspects of the input form part of the plan.

The plan will look at the current retail situation and it's likely evolution, lessons learned from previous actions, results of the SWOT analysis, benefits to be gained form the towns natural and built heritage, an agreed structure for Town Centre Functions, projected population changes, managing links between town centre and out-of-centre areas,long term vision for town centre retail, databases and many more.

The report will have a comprehensive final report on all inputs and achievements,to include findings, recommendations and outcomes of all actions mentioned above, with a particular emphasis on recommended county and sub-county actions to include costs and proposed lead partners. The report shall also include suggestions for new strategies and incentives that could be submitted to central government to assist town centre retailers to take best advantage of the recent increase in economic activity.

To date, two meetings have been held in Cahir and a working group of 8 people are engaged in the process. Cllr Moloney welcomed the report and hopes that the businesses of Cahir work with the consultants to generate more footfall in the town and create that buzz that Cahir should hold,not alone as as a popular tourist destination for the south of the county but a leading destination for the south of the Country. This is an opportunity not to be missed with involvement from local knowledgeable stakeholders and without political interference.