The Phase 2 development provided over 150 jobs during the construction phase and is expected to create over 300 jobs in Knocknacarra and Galway when fully occupied. It is also the first provision of new retail space outside of Dublin since 2008.
After the absence of any retail construction activity in Galway for more than 10 years, the brand new Gateway Shopping Park Phase 2 expansion has just been completed, with the first two retailers, Harvey Norman and Boots opening their stores this month. Boots opened their store early July with Harvey Norman opening their new flagship store of 60,000 sq. ft on 22nd July.
The newly completed Phase 2 extension will have open-use retail units, food and beverage units, a creche and also a gym. It will include over 320,000 sq. ft of retail and leisure space and will make it one of Ireland’s largest shopping destinations. Aside from Harvey Norman and Boots, Carraig Donn, Spraoi Early Learning and Evergreen, Esquires are also included in the line-up of new retailers in the expansion.
Gateway Shopping Park already has an impressive list of current retailers, including Dunnes Stores, B&Q, New Look, Next and McSharry Pharmacy. The asset management company Sigma Retail Partners, on behalf of the owners Targeted Investment Opportunities ICAV, worked extensively on the project and the newly expanded retail asset will reinforce the shopping park as a primary shopping destination.
Gateway Shopping Park is located in Knocknacarra on Western Distributor Road, just across from the new gaelscoil that was built last year, Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh. Gateway Shopping Park is also just a 10-minute drive from Galway city centre.