Works begin at Dunnes Stores anchor unit, Point Village

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

This comes 15 years after the Irish retailer initially entered into an agreement with developer Harry Crosbie



18 August 2023

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Dunnes Stores has started work on the fit-out of the anchor tenant unit at the Point Village development in North Wall Quay, Dublin. This comes 15 years after the Irish retailer initially entered into an agreement with developer Harry Crosbie.

The long-standing dispute between Dunnes Stores and Point Village Development Ltd, a company that is now in liquidation, has been a subject of intense legal battles over the years. The case has traversed various legal avenues, including the High Court, with conflicting orders and stays on execution.

Dunnes Stores recently filed a notice with Dublin City Council that signifies the initiation of work on the tenant unit. What prompted this decision by the supermarket chain, which has remained tight-lipped on the matter, is unclear. Neither Dunnes Stores nor Harry Crosbie, the developer, provided any comment on the matter.

The project encompasses the “fit-out and material alteration of the two-storey anchor tenant unit as Dunnes Stores grocery and textile retail store including all ancillary accommodations and staff facilities all at the Point Village in Dublin 1,” according to the commencement notice, dated 4 August, which indicates that work was scheduled to commence on 11 August.

The development, originally envisioned to include a “U2 Experience Museum” and a landmark tower, faced setbacks due to the financial crisis. A small Dunnes Stores grocery outlet is currently operational within the complex. The dispute has led to multiple legal actions through the years.

The dispute originated in 2009 when Dunnes Stores accused Point Village Development Ltd of breaching a prior agreement. An eventual settlement was reached, outlining financial payments to be made when certain conditions were met.

Years later, Point Village Development Ltd found itself in liquidation, leading to a claim against Dunnes Stores for the agreed payments. A legal battle ensued, involving the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.

Recently, a fresh claim was brought to the High Court, with Dunnes Stores contending that the quality of the square at the Point Village did not meet the standards expected of a prestigious shopping centre, similar to Eyre Square in Galway, Grand Canal Square Dublin, and the Dundrum Town Centre civic plaza.



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