Tesco is looking to expand further in Kerry. The retail giant is understood to have bought a plot of land in Castleisland opposite the local GAA grounds on the Limerick road. Similar to Listowel, the only major competitor to Tesco in Castleisland is the Garvey supermarket chain. The land in Castleisland, which is situated opposite the GAA grounds on the Limerick road, is currently zoned residential. A material contravention is needed in order to change the zoning of the land, which involves a three quarters majority vote by County Councillors.
In Kerry, 20 of the 27 Councillor s would have to vote in favour of the rezoning from residential to commercial. That vote is scheduled to take place at next Monday s council meeting. Meanwhile in Listowel, Tesco is awaiting the outcome of a decision from An Bord Pleanala, following objections from the Garvey group and RGDATA, which represents independent retailers.