Courtyard Shopping Centre
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The rear entrance of the Courtyard on Oliver Plunkett Street.
|Location||Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland|
|Address||Lower Main Street|
|Opening date||October 21, 1993|
|No. of stores and services||40|
|No. of anchor tenants||3 (Eurospar, Heatons, Eason)|
|No. of floors||3|
The Courtyard Shopping Centre is a retail complex in County Donegal, Ireland. Located in central Letterkenny, close to the Library and Arts Centre on the Lower Main Street side and the Bank of Ireland on the Upper Main Street side, it also overlooks Pearse Street and Oliver Plunkett Street. The structure is built spirally on a slope so, if approached from the Main Street entrance, the visitor, when making their way through the complex, descends into the ground via a series of escalators.
Letterkenny's oldest Eason's bookstore and Heatons, the department store in which billionaire retail entrepreneur and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has a 50% stake, are among the outlets to be found inside. Both Eason and Heatons are situated on multiple storeys.
The Centre opened on 21 October 1993 and became the heart of shopping in Letterkenny. Coronation Street stars Kevin Kennedy and Ken Morley officially opened the centre. The visits of notable people such as these are each commemorated throughout the complex with their own tiles, featuring a golden sketch of the person's outline. Among these are tiles dedicated to such Donegal personalities as Packie Bonner and Daniel O'Donnell.
The Shopping Centre as of November 2018 has 25 stores, with the anchor tenants being Eason and Heatons. The north-west's premier chippy, the 4 Lanterns, also has an outlet overlooking the Main Street entrance.
The shopping centre was seriously affected by the recession and economic problems in Ireland in the late 2000s. Many stores closed, some businesses failed, and many stores decided to move to the Letterkenny Shopping Centre in Port Road of the town. The Letterkenny Shopping Centre has seen a rise in the numbers shopping there, but the Courtyard has seen their numbers drop. However the centre is still very popular with shoppers and especially students from Saint Eunan's College and the Loreto Convent Secondary School who frequent the centre during their daily lunch breaks.
The complex also contains its own multi-storey car park. The Shopping Centre provides toilets, a baby changing room, lift and Schindler escalators ascend and descend to all floors.
Paul Reynolds & Company Ltd. applied for planning permission to build another floor of retail space at the centre in mid-2007. The application was approved and resulted in an extra 980 square metres of retail area. The centre went through changes in respect to the locations of its anchor tenants in 2008. Heatons expanded over three floors of the centre, occupying the former location of Costcutter and another floor was constructed to house the sports department.