Once Killarney’s biggest employer, building is now derelict

The factory site, on Upper Park Road, has been idle since 2009

JUST six submissions were received from interested parties after Kerry County Council advertised for expressions of interest in the former Pretty Polly site in Killarney, it has been confirmed.

The local authority mounted a relatively high-profile commercial campaign to highlight the availability of the property to potential investors but that was the total number of applications  received by the deadline.

Council officials have scrutinised the submissions which, KillarneyToday.com understands, include one from a local manufacturer and two from existing businesses in the vicinity of the former factory.

“These submissions have been reviewed and we have invited all parties to meet with us to further explore the content of their submissions,” a council spokesperson confirmed

The 25,000sq ft building, on a sprawling 7.4-acre site, is located at Upper Park Road.

In its heyday, as a hugely successful hosiery manufacturing plant, Pretty Poll employed well in excess of 1,000 people but when they doors finally closed and the gates were padlocked in 2009, the building left to rot and it has now become derelict.

The former Pretty Polly, Sara Lee and Beocare plant is now derelict

Senior council officials engaged Dublin-based BMP Paribas Real Estate to manage the expressions of interest process and the understanding is the site is ideally suited for a variety of industrial, commercial, recreational or residential purposes.

When Pretty Polly closed in 1995, 300 new jobs were generated by the Chicago-based Sara Lee corporation and when that operation ended a decade later, medical products firm Beocare created just under 50 jobs.

The permanent shutters finally came down on the building in 2009.

The factory site was handed over to the council, in trust, by Pretty Polly to help in the creation of employment opportunities for the town but no progress has been made for over a decade, despite the best efforts of the now defunct town council and the current Killarney Municipal District Council.

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