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Saturday 18 August 2018

Superquinn to close after shop battle

SUPERQUINN has confirmed the closure of its branch at Naas after landlord Penneys brought High Court proceedings demanding they vacate the premises.

Retail giant Penneys brought High Court proceedings aimed at having Superquinn vacate the premises in Naas which the clothing retailer plans to redevelop.

Superquinn chiefs are understood to be meeting with union chiefs today to discuss plans for staff.

The company says it hopes to redeploy the store's 130 staff members in other stores.

Primark, which trades as Penneys in Ireland, is taking action against the supermarket's operator over Superquinn's alleged failure to vacate the premises after its lease expired.

Primark claims that this has "hindered plans" for the redevelopment plans of the shop.

A judge granted Primark short service to bring motions seeking to have Superquinn vacate the premises immediately.

Padraig Lyons, for Primark, told the court his client bought the premises at Naas Shopping centre from its previous owners in 2008, which was occupied by Superquinn.

Counsel said that following from that purchase Primark also obtained and executed a deed of surrender, which required Superquinn to vacate the premises by the end of December 2010.

However, it was said that the supermarket had not left the premises, despite "the clear and unambiguous terms" of the deed of surrender.

Counsel said that Primark are "concerned" because this was holding up the redevelopment plans.

The court heard Superquinn wrote to Primark saying that they would not be in a position to leave until the end of February.

The supermarket was prepared to pay Primark damages for trespass.

However, the court heard that this was not acceptable to Primark.

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