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Wren says Athlone Towncentre will have a wide appeal. “Retailers such as H&M and Zara, which have both taken 11,000 sq ft stores each, aren’t even represented in Galway and we will now attract shoppers from there. Having a 25,000 sq ft Marks & Spencer store makes a strong anchor too.”

The scheme is 91 per cent pre-let, with few remaining gaps. French fashion retailer Promod has picked the scheme to open its first store in Ireland and talks are ongoing with an upmarket footwear operator, an outdoor fashion store and homewares retailers Habitat. Zone A rents are around Euro2,000 sq ft, close to rents at The Square in Tallaght, but well behind Liffey Valley at Euro3,900.