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Curtain up on e100m project (Limerick Post)

by John O’Shaughnessy

PHASE one in the 100 million euro redevelopment of Bedford Row by private enterprise, will be unveiled to the public in mid-April, with the opening of the multi-function Marriott Hotel, on what was the Savoy site.

And the Limerick Post is first to reveal that, by year’s end, Limerick will see one side of Bedford Row, from the former Mullany’s shop, and turning into Henry Street, almost exclusively dedicated to fashion houses, similar to London’s Carnaby Street.

When the curtain fell on the Savoy some years ago, many feared for the future of Bedford Row. But in stepped local investors, headed by accountant Michael Daly, to breathe new life into it.

The flagship is to be the 94 bedroomed four-star Marriot Hotel, at which upwards of 150 jobs are expected, and will be managed by the team who successfully run the Castletroy Park Hotel.

The overall development also includes 10 purpose built shop units, three fronting Henry Street and seven along Bedford Row, and is sure to be welcomed by existing traders in the general area.

Pat Kearney of Rooneys, who are letting agents, said the emphasis is to be geared towards ladies’ and gents’ fashions.

“The aim is to create something different, and to give Limerick a first. We are talking to some of the best fashion houses, both within and outside the country. Those retailers with whom we have already spoken have reacted very favourably”.

Entrepreneur Michael Daly, said that he was excited about the entire project.

“It is a dream come through. The site occupies a pivotal position in the city and we put a lot of thought into our plans, having sought the most experienced people in construction, retailing and the hotel industry to advise us. Some famous names, such as Mullaly’s, McKenna’s, Dainty Dairy, not to mention the Savoy and Nancy Lawless, may have gone from the Bedford Row landscape, but we anticipated that what we are now offering to the public will be well received. We are in negotiations with 20 clients for 10 shops- all very high profile”.

The Marriott Group, he continued, were serious players, with hotels worldwide.

“All facilities are here, including banqueting suites, private rooms, meeting rooms, leisure club in the basement, bars, restaurants, etc. Fitting out is almost complete and we have set a target date in April for the opening of doors.

“Our aim has always been to create a special atmosphere on Bedford Row, leading into Henry Street, and to make Limerick city centre an even more exciting place in which to while away a few hours.

“Again, fitting out of the shop units is due to commence in August/September and they will be fully operational in time for the Christmas market”.

Included in the plans are a number of luxury apartments, and they will become available later in the year.

Fordmount, comprised of a number of local investors, have revitalised Limerick and are particularly proud of their Riverpoint development, fronting the river Shannon.

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