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Quays works suspended until legal action concludes

Development work being carried out at the Quays Shopping Centre in Newry has been suspended until legal action brought by two of the complex’s biggest tenants is concluded next year.  The High Court ordered the suspension of works after Sainsburys and Debenhams took legal action against Parker Green International, the owners of the Quays complex, claiming the removal of customer parking spaces due to the works has resulted in loss of trade.

Both tenants had sought an injunction against Parker Green to reinstate a substantial number of parking spaces and for further works to be suspended.  They also issued a writ for damages after alleging the lack of car parking spaces resulted in loss of trade.

Last week, a High Court judge ruled that Parker Green could not carry out any further development works while the claim was being heard and also referred the claim to a full hearing in the High court in early 2016.

A spokesperson for Debenhams and Sainsburys welcomed the decision saying the companies were “pleased that the court recognises the seriousness of the landlord’s conduct in removing parking spaces.”

According to the spokesperson, Parker Green removed the spaces earlier this year, “without any consultation.” He added that the effects of the fewer spaces would be particularly felt during the Christmas period and said both tenants looked forward to a full hearing next year where they are confident their claim will be upheld.