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First new retail development in Bray in generations - opening Spring 2020

A high quality 25,000 square metre mixed use development in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland will open its doors in Spring 2020. Developer Oakmount has commenced construction of Bray Town Centre on the former ‘Florentine Centre’ site.

A high quality 25,000 square metre mixed use development in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland will open its doors in Spring 2020. Developer Oakmount has commenced construction of Bray Town Centre on the former ‘Florentine Centre’ site.

The 3-storey development will comprise space for 3 anchor tenants – one of which is reserved – in addition to 9 individual retail units, restaurant / café space, and 250 car parking spots. The plans also incorporate the development of a new urban street – accessed from Bray Main Street – and a central plaza with pedestrian access from Quinsborough Road.

Savills has been instructed as lettings agents and confirm that – in addition to the reserved anchor tenant – some substantial pre-lets have also been agreed with the market leading Press Up Group. The Press Up Group will be operating a 5-screen Stella cinema, an exciting new leisure concept, and the renowned Elephant and Castle restaurant.

The high profile 2.4 acre main street site, previously known as the ‘Florentine Centre’, has been the subject of a number of retail-led development proposals since 1996. In November 2016, Wicklow County Council – owners of the site – sought a development partner to realise the sites potential. Oakmount were appointed to develop the site in March 2018.

Bray, with a rapidly increasing population exceeding, is the main commercial town serving the North Wicklow market and is well served by both the national road network, via the M11 and M50, and public transport via DART, national rail services and Dublin Bus routes. The town also has a strong tourist and heritage base, being the gateway to the Wicklow Mountains and South East.

Darragh Cronin, Director, Savills Ireland commented:

“The development of the Bray Town Centre will transform the retail and evening economy of Bray, where the main street has been poorly provided for due to a lack of restaurants, larger retail units and leisure offerings. The existing modern design that compliments the towns historic evolution will bring modern retailing and entertainment to this successful town.”

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