A photograph of the TK Maxx department store on Paul Quay in Wexford Town. The store, which opened on the 11th of June, 2015, is situated in the Stonebridge development on Wexford Quay.
The opening of TK Maxx in Wexford was much anticipated for a number of reasons. Firstly, there was the issue of new jobs for the town, as the company intended on hiring 40 people to help run the store. Secondly, TK Maxx had a reputation for selling big brand names at a much lower price than their competitors. Thirdly: It would be occupying the Stonebridge development, which had been lying vacant since its construction at the tail-end of the Celtic Tiger. Last, but not least; it's opening was seen as a much-needed "injection" into the southern halve of the main street, which had witnessed its fair share of closures (the once-busy mall on South Main Street closed its doors shortly after Tesco decided to move to a new premises on Distillery Road). With the opening of TK Maxx in the southern part of the town, it is hoped that it will lift the area around it by bringing more shoppers to the area.
There were plans to open the store in 2014. However, an objection from local businessman Nigel Hamilton delayed its opening. Hamilton lodged his objection because he felt as though the store should be located closer to the Main Street. In September of 2014, his objection was rejected by An Bord Pleanála.