Premier Kilkenny retail destination receives esteemed Provincial honour

Lesley Cleere, Centre Manager Market Cross Shopping Centre (centre) pictured with Abby Mahon, Beemedia; Breda Dewan, Department Manager Penneys; Joe Sweeney, Security Supervisor; and Frank Hayes, Cleaning Supervisor; with the Business All-Star Leinster Shopping Centre Of The Year 2024 accreditation which Market Cross Shopping Centre received from the AIBF

Market Cross Shopping Centre is unveiled as Business All-Star Leinster Shopping Centre of the Year 2024, by All-Ireland Business Foundation.

Market Cross Shopping Centre, nestled in the heart of Kilkenny, has been honoured with the prestigious title of Business All-Star Leinster Shopping Centre of the Year 2024 by the All-Ireland Business Foundation. This esteemed recognition underscores Market Cross’s steadfast dedication to providing an exceptional shopping experience for patrons from Leinster and beyond.

For 30 years, Market Cross Shopping Centre has stood as a beacon of retail excellence in Kilkenny City. Offering a diverse array of high-quality retail options, convenient amenities, and top-notch customer service, Market Cross has become a cherished destination for shoppers of all preferences and tastes.

With a rich tapestry of national and international brands alongside beloved local retailers, Market Cross ensures that every visitor finds something to delight them. From its meticulously maintained facilities to its warm and knowledgeable staff, the shopping centre prioritises customer satisfaction in every facet of its operations.

Market Cross Shopping Centre goes beyond merely meeting expectations; it exceeds them. Emphasising cleanliness, safety, and accessibility, the centre provides a welcoming atmosphere where shoppers can browse, shop, and relax with ease.

Furthermore, Market Cross is deeply committed to fostering community engagement within Kilkenny City and its environs. Through partnerships with local charities, events, and initiatives, the shopping centre actively contributes to the cultural and social vibrancy of the community.

In achieving the Business All-Star Leinster Shopping Centre of the Year 2024 accolade, Market Cross Shopping Centre reaffirms its status as a premier retail destination in Leinster. This recognition is a testament to the centre’s unwavering dedication to principles of trust, performance, and customer-centricity.


Reacting to the news of her company’s achievement, Market Cross Shopping Centre Manager, Lesley Cleere said:

“We are over the moon to announce Market Cross Shopping Centre as Business All-Star ‘Leinster Shopping Centre Of The Year’.

This award reflects the dedication of all centre staff, tenants and customers who have kept & keep Market Cross Shopping Centre vibrant since 1994. It is truly a wonderful accolade and brings with it, a great sense of pride for our beautiful & unique shopping centre.

With 70% being Irish Own Brands & 30-years trading in the heart of Kilkenny City as we continue to attract top European retailers such as Rituals & Leonidas, along with the successful expansion of Specsavers showing their mark of trust.

We are truly honoured!”


Announcing the news of Market Cross Shopping Centre’s achievement, Deputy Chair of AIBF’s Adjudication Board, Kieran Ring, said:

On behalf of the All-Ireland Business Foundation I am delighted to announce that Market Cross Shopping Centre have achieved Business All-Star Leinster Shopping Centre Of The Year 2024 accreditation. This accolade is in recognition of the company’s outstanding contribution to quality and standards in the sector. This accreditation recognises Market Cross Shopping Centre’s conduct in the areas of trust, commitment, performance & customer centricity.

With its prime location in the heart of Kilkenny City, Market Cross Shopping Centre has long been a cherished destination for shoppers seeking a diverse range of high-quality retail options, convenient amenities, and outstanding customer service.

Market Cross Shopping Centre is hereby included in the AIBF Register Of Irish Business Excellence.”

Managing Director of the All-Ireland Business Foundation, Kapil Khanna, said: The accreditation, which is now held by over 650 firms, is needed by the thousands of small and medium businesses which operate to their own standards but have nothing to measure them by.

He said: “We evaluate a company’s background, trustworthiness and performance, and we speak to customers, employees and vendors. We also anonymously approach the company as a customer and report back on the experience. The business goes through at least two interviews and is scored on every part of the process against set metrics.”

About The All-Ireland Business Foundation

The All-Ireland Business Foundation is an autonomous national accreditation body tasked with enterprise development and the promotion of Best-in-Class Irish businesses.

As the accreditation body for the Business All-Star mark, the AIBF recognises Best-In-Class Irish businesses. Companies that merit recognition based on an independent audit of their performance, reputation, and customer-centricity.

Business All-Star Accreditation Is The Nation’s Symbol Of Trust. Currently, there are over 650 companies that are accredited by AIBF. Since 2014, over 5000 companies have participated in our programs.

The AIBF also hosts the annual All-Ireland Summit and monthly gatherings to promote peer learning and collaboration among its accredited companies. For more information please visit

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