New premises on Airton Road.

South Dublin County Council has confirmed the go-ahead of retailer Harvey Norman to open new premises on the Airton Road, Tallaght, Ireland.

The investment follows Irish sales which were up almost 22% over the same period a year earlier, or 13.5% in euro.The chain has sales in Ireland of more than €150 million annually and returned to quarterly net profit about a year ago.

Harvey Norman Ireland

It recently launched a new furniture outlet in Belfast, which incorporates a 140-seat restaurant. Northern Ireland’s economy is recovering while the company also benefits from the strength of sterling.

Harvey Norman had submitted plans for the alteration of a previously developed retail park with the addition of four areas of mezzanine floors within the existing building for use as staff, ancillary and equipment accommodation last year.

Coffee chain Costa Coffee will also be located on the site in a 218sqm cafe with outdoor seating.

There had been two objections against the plans by Robert Roberts and PKB Partnership both with neighbouring buildings near the site. Concerns were for the additional traffic that the new businesses will cause, as well as the location of the entrance.

South Dublin County Council approved the plans on January 11, but attached conditions including the downsizing of the size of proposed signage and a totem pole in line with nearby businesses in the area, as well as permission granted for use of the car park by both of the retail establishments and the primary care centre. The car park will hold 257 car parking spaces and 42 cycle park stands.