The long awaited opening of the Ferrybank Shopping Centre on the outskirts of Waterford City has been 'pushed out' to the end of 2023, at the earliest.
That's according to latest reports from Waterford News and Star
The new owner of the site at Abbeylands, Co. Kilkenny is yet to make themselves known to the public.
Councillors in the region have expressed their frustration with the ongoing lack of confirmation in relation to the progress that has been made to the opening of the development.
Earlier this year, Irish retail chain Dunnes Stores were rumoured to move into the long-vacant Shopping Centre.
The news marked the end of a protracted legal dispute between Dunnes Stores, Deerland Construction and NAMA over the €100m white elephant development.
The building, which is 30,000 square feet, was built in 2008 and currently houses Kilkenny Council's municipal offices and the Ferrybank Library.
The site is a significant landmark in the South East and is one of the largest shopping centres in Ireland that is yet to fill it's retail units.
Silence from the new owners and developers has lead to the speculation on the opening date.
However, there are labourers and 'boots on the ground' at the site getting the place ready.
According to Piltown Councillor Ger Frisby it's at least one year out, if not more.
"From what I’m hearing, they’re planning and gearing for opening in December 12 months, that’s what I’ve been told.
"But I can’t understand at this stage, after the sale going through a couple of months ago that they’re not able to tell the local authority who have invested so much in this whole process."