IN order to compete with the Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick City needs to welcome smaller, niche shops, top businessman Bobby Kerr says.
Mr Kerr, the founder of coffee shop chain Insomnia, will be in Limerick on Saturday to present his Newstalk show ‘Down to Business’.
Between 11am and 1pm, he will present a discussion on how to ‘Win Back the High Street’.
Limerick is the show’s third destination and guests on the panel will include the at Your Service star John Brennan, as well as local business representatives, including Limerick Chamber president Dr Fergal Barry and Helen O’Donnell of the City Business Association.
The idea of the show is to get people spending, shopping and allow business to improve, said Mr Kerr, also a star of Dragon’s Den.
“Limerick is a fine example of where out-of-town shopping is really hurting what is happening on the main streets. Unless we stand back from it, and make it easier, comfortable, nicer, safer and more enjoyable, we are not going to solve the problems,” he said.
Competing with the Crescent is not the answer, he said.
“When you think of places like the Crescent Shopping Centre which has been very successful, they do not want new brands, or people with new ideas. They want the tried and tested brands which are worldwide, and work in other cities. With the way rents have gone, the city centre is a place where you can start new things,” he explained.
Entry to the event is free. To join the audience, telephone 061-421800, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, listen to the show between 11am and 1pm on 106-108FM.