Thurles Shopping Centre has just opened a new store The Gourmet Butcher in the last two weeks. This is their second store with the first one in Clonmel, Tipperary. The new store has a lovely, modern-looking fitout. The Gourmet Butcher are speciality Artisan butchers who are locally-owned and independently run, supplying the highest quality locally sourced meat and dry aged beef.
The owner Kevin Walsh, a Tipperary businessman, decided to expand his operations despite the uncertainty caused by the ongoing pandemic and up to eight jobs have been created in the newly opened store. He said “Thurles Shopping Centre is a location we have been looking at on and off for the last two years. Our business model is a proven model and we won Best Retailer in Tipperary with the Chamber Business Awards two years ago. We think we’ll be a really good fit for the centre – there’s a massive grocery footfall there. We just think that our set-up, which is a traditional butcher with a modern twist, will go really well in that area.”
Sigma Retail Partners, the asset management company for Thurles Shopping Centre, acquired the centre in July 2015 and has put in place an active asset management plan since its acquisition. Emma Leonard from Sigma Retail Partners is the asset manager for Thurles Shopping Centre. She said “We warmly welcome The Gourmet Butcher to the shopping centre and believe they will bring a fresh offer to the centre’s customers. The Gourmet Butcher has received an overwhelming response in their first few weeks of trading and we are confident that they will do very well in the centre. I wish them all the best in their new store.”
Thurles Shopping Centre is walking distance from Thurles Town Centre and has a floor area of 110,000 sq ft. It has a footfall of approximately 55,000 per week and houses 600 car park spaces. Anchored by Dunnes Stores, it has 28 units in total with retailers including Boots, Vodafone, Holland & Barrett and Carraig Donn.