Dunnes relaunches flagship

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Dunnes Stores opens new flagship shop on the site of founder Ben Dunne's original store

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Despite the "most difficult trading environment", Dunnes Stores’ managing director, Margaret Heffernan has said she is certain the company’s new flagship store in Cork’s St Patrick’s Street will succeed.

 The newly refurbished store, which cost an estimated €30 million, will employ 200 people. It features 100,000 sq ft of retail space with a 22,000 sq ft food hall at basement level, and a further 78,000 sq ft over three floors dedicated to fashion, homeware and a café.

Heffernan said her late father Ben Dunne opened his first store on the same site in 1944 during the "very hard" war years, and the new store was likewise reopening "in a tough time…but we will only deserve to continue if we give the Irish public better value which is what my father founded this company on."

She added, amid recent speculation over takeovers by international retailers, that the company would stay family-run "in Irish hands."

 

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