Dunnes Stores loses High Court tenancy actions

Dunnes Stores remains Ireland's most popular supermarket, while Aldi and Lidl are still growing

Dunnes Stores has lost two High Court actions following disputes with shopping centres in Dublin and Galway, and won a third regarding its premises in St. Stephens Green Shopping Centre in Dublin



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3 March 2017

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Dunnes Stores has lost two separate High Court actions after disputes it was in with the operators of two shopping centres were found in favour of the landlords.

At the Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght, Dublin, the supermarket chain had objected to a €30m extension to the centre’s car park, an area which Dunnes claimed it had legal rights to.

The company said that while the development would create inconvenience for its customers, Dunnes also had rights to the car park that allowed it control without ownership. This claim was denied by the court. The judge found that the company had no claim over any part of the land other than what was stated and agreed in the lease.

Meanwhile, in the Galway case, the owners of Eyre Square Shopping Centre had sought an injunction that would force Dunnes Stores to begin using doors on the city’s William Street.

The Judge granted this order, and also awarded damages for breach of contract and unlawful interference with the economic interests of the holding company, Camiveo. The value of the damages will be decided later.

Regarding the dispute in Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, the Court ruled in favour of Dunnes Stores in a dispute with neighbour tenant Harry’s Bar, which had planned to introduce overhead awnings in line with its street furniture licence.



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