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Old October 15th, 2011, 04:06 PM   #61
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Thanks for that Saro.

I will be in town soon so I can take a gander around myself! Personally I am glad Yamamori are doing well...I am always very impressed when I eat there.

As for businesses opening, it seems to be a slightly different in Tallaght. There are a number of empty units in the Square, which only seem to be filled on a temporary basis with "retailers" selling job lots.

Likewise, the Glashaus development is about 80% vacant as are the units in a few of the newer developments in the Village. There is a retail park on Airton Road which is totally empty!!

Furthermore, Supervalu have completely closed the front portion of their unit to cut down on Zone A rents, Crunch Fitness had closed over the summer in a dispute with the landlord and I am hearing rumours that Marks and Spencer is on the brink of shutting!!

I wonder are other suburban areas in a similar situation? Dundrum seems to be the only place bucking the trend.

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Some good news! Also some details on the Saint Stephen's Day sales.

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CONOR POPE, Consumer Affairs Correspondent

Sat, Dec 24, 2011

A SURGE in consumer spending in the run-up to Christmas has been reported by some of the State’s leading retailers and shopping centres, with sales estimated to be up by about 5 per cent on 2009.

Retailers heaved a collective sigh of relief as the Arctic-like conditions which saw trade in many shops drop by as much as 50 per cent in the week before Christmas last year failed to materialise this year and the improved weather conditions have led to significantly improved sales.

Industry representative body Retail Excellence Ireland said yesterday sales were set to show their first year-on-year increase in four years, while an increase in sales of 0.68 per cent in December would be the first bounce since March 2008.

The umbrella group for retailers said while the rise in like-for-like sales in December was welcome, it was nevertheless slightly disappointing when last year’s weather difficulties were taken into account. “Overall, Christmas 2011 has been a challenging trading period to date,” its report said. It found footfall was up, but “shoppers remain cautious, are buying down and shopping around”.

It said recent shopping trends saw customers opt for function over fashion, and it also noted the fact of fewer Christmas parties and celebrations being held had hit footwear and fashion sales.

Shopping centres have been the biggest beneficiaries of the upturn in sales, with customers venturing further to shop in 2011. Free parking and a stronger mix of stores was also a major factor in luring people out of the cities.

The director of Dundrum Town Centre, Don Nugent, said business had been very good in the run-up to Christmas.

While it was too early to say how much sales would be up, footfall in December was up 4.5 per cent when compared with 2009 and up more than 6 per cent compared with last year’s pre-Christmas figures.

Some restaurants in the centre were trading at 2007 levels, he said. “There have been some unusual trends this year, with more people buying with cash as opposed to credit cards and people spreading their spend over October, November and December as opposed to last-minute spending, but the bottom line is that there is no doubt that December will be up – it will be a low single-digit increase, but it will still be an increase,” he said.

He said Marks and Spencer, Hollister and the House of Fraser had been particularly busy this week and queues were forming in almost all MS outlets from early yesterday morning as people stocked up on their Christmas food.

Stephen Sealey, Brown Thomas managing director, said business had been very good in the last few days and he anticipated it would be significantly up on last year, and also up on 2009 figures.

“This week has undoubtedly been very strong,” he said last night.

“December started very well, then it was a bit slow – but we saw sales rising last Saturday and that trend continued all the way through the week. We will definitely be up on last year and will see a decent increase on 2009, which, in the current climate, is very good.”

Mr Sealey said yesterday was exceptionally busy, with cosmetics, accessories, the homewares section and menswear seeing a lot of business as people searched for last-minute gifts. “Traditionally, December 23rd is the busiest shopping day of the year, but I would expect it to be very busy on Christmas Eve as well this year because it falls on a Saturday,” he said.

Bob Johnston of the Gutter Bookshop in Dublin’s Temple Bar, who launched a social media campaign aimed at getting people to shop local this year, said his shop had had “a very good Christmas”.

He said it was hard to make comparisons with last year, but said “people have been very supportive and have been choosing to shop local this year”.

EARLY DOORS: SALES TO BEGIN IN EARNEST ON ST STEPHEN'S DAY

WINTER SALES begin in earnest on Monday with Arnotts, Clerys, Brown Thomas and Next among the first shops to open their doors to bargain hunters.

Arnotts on Dublin’s Henry Street launches its traditional winter sale at 9am on St Stephen’s Day and will be offering up to 70 per cent off handbags in its revamped accessories section. It is also promising discounts of 50 per cent across accessories, clothes, technology and homewares.

On nearby O’Connell Street, Clerys is also planning a 9am start on Monday and as with other years it is offering enormous discounts on some big-ticket items including a five-foot “Sleep Spa” storage divan set down from €1,999 to a single euro.

Next keeps its tradition of opening early and shoppers will gain entrance to its stores across the State from 6am on Monday. River Island outlets will be open from 8am.

The Dundrum Town Centre’s sale officially begins at 10am on Monday with the House of Fraser promising 50 per cent off almost everything in store.

All Brown Thomas stores in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway also open on Monday and will offer reductions of between 20 per cent and 50 per cent on selected lines.

The upmarket department store says it hopes to see all its sale stock cleared within two weeks.

The Kildare Outlet Village sale also starts on Monday at 11am with up to 70 per cent discounts promised in many of the outlets.

Many of the department stores and independent retailers across the Republic, including Ryan’s of Galway, will hold off on beginning their sales until the more traditional date of December 27th.

Some sales have already started while other outlets will be offering online promotions this evening ahead of their in-store promotions from next Tuesday.

Carraig Donn, which has a store in Westport and at 28 other locations around the State, begins its online sale from 6pm today at www.carraigdonn.com while its in-store sale starts on Tuesday.

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Seems there was a huge amount of people out today for the sales.

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RONAN McGREEVY

Mon, Jan 23, 2012

DUBLIN IS to get a new cinema to add to the Light House cinema which reopened its doors to the public over the weekend.

Point Pictures will open at the end of March near the O2 with an offering of up to 12 cinema screens and the capacity to host inter-national premieres. The cinema is the first Odeon venture in the Republic of Ireland.

Cinema owner Harry Crosbie said it was the only major construction project in Dublin at present currently employing 100 people and will employ 75 people when it is finished.

He maintains the Point Village will employ 2,000 people when it is finished when all the offices are occupied. The cinema will target local audiences with the growing number of people living in the Docklands. Packages will be offered to those going to the O2 and the Grand Canal Theatre along with those who are staying in the Gibson Hotel.

Mr Crosbie said it was “amazing” that the O2 had outsold Madison Square Garden and the Grand Canal Theatre has outperformed all expectations despite the recession.

The cinema complex is expected to include a shopping centre with Dunnes Stores as its anchor tenant, he says.

Both sides went to court in 2010 when Dunnes Stores withdrew a proposal to open a supermarket on the site, but the issue was resolved out of court.

Mr Crosbie revealed that he was in direct negotiations with Dunnes Stores’ owner Margaret Heffernan about it becoming the anchor tenant for the site.

“I’m hopeful we will engage in the next few weeks in an opening strategy,” he said.

The operators are also looking for large food and drink operators for the complex.

The independent Light House in Smithfield opened on Friday night with eight screenings. A large number of people turned up for the first screening at 5.30pm.

The arthouse cinema was taken over by Element Pictures from its previous operators who were forced to close because of escalating rents.

Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan said the reopened Light House was proof of the Government’s commitment to “leverage Nama projects for cultural dividends”.

© 2012 The Irish Times
Shame that they seemed to have dropped the IMAX idea.
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Old February 6th, 2012, 01:32 AM   #65
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Read in the Times the other day that the American clothing chain Banana Republic are to open this summer on Grafton St., into the soon to be combined Zerep shoes and Richard Alan premises'. Nice!
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Read in the Times the other day that the American clothing chain Banana Republic are to open this summer on Grafton St., into the soon to be combined Zerep shoes and Richard Alan premises'. Nice!
That's quite a coup for Grafton Street! All we need now is for Abercrombie and Fitch to open as well...
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Google already has an in-store retail department in London.

Google may open its first stand-alone retail store at its European headquarters in Dublin, according to a filing by the world’s most popular search engine.

The Google Store would be open to the public and sell unspecified “Google merchandise,” Google’s Irish unit said in a local planning application.

Located in Dublin’s Montevetro office block, the shop would include about 123 square metres of space with an added mezzanine floor extension.

Last October Google opened a store inside a London branch of Currys and PC World, units of Dixons Retail, as a trial for selling laptop computers.

“While we do have the option to open retail space, we are examining all potential uses,” the California- based company said in an e-mailed statement. “No final decision has been taken.”

Retail may be a new front in Google’s competition with Apple, whose 361 stores have fueled sales of iPods, iPhones and iPad tablet computers.

Google is in the process of buying handset maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion to help it compete with Apple’s phones and Microsoft Corp.’s mobile software.

Google has a store for its merchandise at its headquarters in California, which isn’t open to the public. The company also offers its merchandise at www.googlestore.com, featuring everything from baby bibs to notebooks with the Google logo.

The planning application, prepared by consultants John Spain Associates for Google Ireland Inc., was approved by the Dublin City Council on Jan. 23. The document also describes a staff swimming pool in an area designed for use as a restaurant.

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From Bloomberg Businessweek:

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I've heard that it's to open by/over the summer.
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I've heard that it's to open by/over the summer.
Be careful if you suffer from allergies before visiting A&F.

In Copenhagen they have been rapported to the health authorities, because they spray the merchandise with perfume several times daily.
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Be careful if you suffer from allergies before visiting A&F.

In Copenhagen they have been rapported to the health authorities, because they spray the merchandise with perfume several times daily.
I was in Hollister in Dundrum recently and for a split second thought I was in a nightclub - it was dark, loud, reeked of perfume, had a lot of desperate looking people and everything was overpriced. I may as well have been in Harcourt Street!
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The proposed Abercrombie & Fitch location on College Green is a real gem of a building and will give a huge boost to the Grafton Street/College Green area when it opens. I was sad to see the old Habitat shop close a few years ago, but this is great news. Not to mention all the news jobs created too of course.


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Pretty good article on the club scene in Dublin:

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Has Dublin lost its groove?

UNA MULLALLY

Sat, Feb 18, 2012

THE CLOSURE OF the Pod nightclub complex in Dublin is a big story for the capital’s nightlife. Its illustrious clubbing history and setting as a bastion of dance music has seen an outpouring of misty-eyed nostalgia online, in conversations among those who danced and sweated within its walls at Pogo, Ham, Powder Bubble, Antics and the rest of the club nights that filled its 20-year history.

But maybe the bigger story is what is replacing it, the people behind Flannery’s pub on Camden Street, a spot that wouldn’t be on the radar of those into dance music in the city, beyond scoffing at its perceived unfashionable crowd and music policy.

Dublin, a city of 1.5 million people, is now in the rather odd situation of having only a handful of venues that put music first.

For the masses, club nights now often place the emphasis on cheap drink prices rather than what music they’re playing – a complete turn around from the past. On Facebook, students and anyone else who stays out until the wee hours, are bombarded by invites that scream about €1 shots, cheesy event names and cheap booze. For the past few decades clubbing was about the music. Now promoters who are sticking to putting on quality music-driven nights talk about their market as being niche.

This isn’t a global story. In other European cities, you’ll always have the cheesy nights out, but clubs where quality music comes first still draw crowds. But a large part of what’s on offer to students and those in their mid-20s in Dublin no longer prioritises what music is coming through the soundsystem.

There are still strongholds in the city where the music matters. Bodytonic’s duo of Twisted Pepper on Middle Abbey Street and the Bernard Shaw around the corner from Pod concentrate on bringing over critically acclaimed and cutting-edge international acts, alongside creative Irish DJs who aren’t just bashing out Lady Gaga tunes night after night. A glance through their listings for the next while sees acts such as Rustie, Benga, Steffi, Annie Mac, Sinden and more. But they’re greatly outnumbered by venues and nights where the music is far less interesting.

Of course, there are plenty of other promoters taking a punt on DJs and electronic acts, bringing them over and hoping that the crowds turn up. But the masses don’t go clubbing like they used to.

It has constantly been said that when an economy collapses, creativity flourishes, and that’s very true in some ways. But the harsher reality is that many of the people in their early 20s who should be the bright sparks coming up with new exciting club nights aren’t in the city any more thanks to mass emigration. Many of the opinion leaders, upstarts and doers have taken their ideas to London and beyond. Networks of friends – the communities that club nights are built on – have been broken up.

The people who stay here who want to push music-driven clubbing have to work harder, so it’s just as well that when you talk to young dance-music promoters in the city, they feel passionately about what they do.

There are also huge commercial constraints. In an era where dozens of venues, clubs and bars in the capital are practically on their knees financially, a young enthusiastic promoter coming to a venue with a bag full of cutting-edge ideas that may offer quality, excitement and originality, but will take a while to percolate and build up numbers, will find it much harder to get a slot over an ents officer from a college promising hundreds of people as long as the booze is cheap. It’s a no-brainer for venue owners who need cash flow and big numbers through the doors.

With this commercial reality in mind, ents officers acting as promoters create a herd mentality to get people into a venue, regardless of what the place is like, regardless of what the music policy is, with the carrot of cheap alcohol, and the stick that people will basically go where their friends are going, and mightn’t necessarily splinter off to see an interesting dubstep DJ play to a couple of hundred people around the corner.

The restrictions created by Ireland’s licensing laws – both in terms of getting licenses and having to shut doors earlier than many of our European counterparts – continue to squeeze clubs. Occasionally, illegal after-hours spots pop up in spaces around the city, but their lifespan is generally short if there is even a whiff of attention from the Garda.

The role of a club as somewhere to discover music is also now redundant. No sounds are underground any more, and the sensation of a big music scene coming from the clubs can’t happen because everything is easily discoverable thanks to the internet. The idea of going to a club to hear tunes you never heard before, sounds you never knew existed, tracks you’d be desperate to get the names of, is over.

The minute a great new track emerges everyone has it on their iPhones within a day or two. If you don’t know what something is, you can just Shazam it. You can find out about far-flung emerging genres quickly, and churn them over just as easily. The idea of people queuing outside a record store (what few of them are left), or waiting weeks for the delivery of one track, or even actually spending money on music, is now quaint.

Clubs and club nights have a quick turnaround anyway. It’s a brutally tough game. Putting on an international act is often a risky gamble of thousands of euro.

Even the coolest spot with a queue around the corner only has a few years to stay fresh unless the people running it are beyond savvy and can diversify, rebrand, and keep up with punters before the clubbers even know what they want. The majority of club nights hit the skids shortly after their inception. There’s a small window to make something work.

There is one upside, however. On the surface, most clubs and club nights have become increasingly vanilla and homogenous; this means that quality stuff stands out even more. Something exciting shines brighter when much of what is around it is dull.

Creativity in clubbing should be rewarded, even while the pressures of a recession have created a lowest-common-denominator approach. Doing something different generally costs, and it’s hard to make that work when people are going out less and everyone is broke.

One thing is for sure, though: there will always be room on the dancefloor for quality music, for fun, and for promoters with a passion who are doing it for the love of it. The rewards are those epic nights where a club comes together as one, when music, people and a vibe magically combines.

Five kicking clubs

Aside from one-off gigs, nomadic club nights and irregular events, here are five spaces where you’re guaranteed to hear quality electronic music with up for it crowds.

The Stiff Kitten Still holding the fort for dance music in Belfast after five years with upcoming shows from Maya Jane Coles, Kerri Chandler, Richie Hawtin, Erol Alkan and T.E.E.D.

The Twisted Pepper Dublin’s all in one club-record store-café-bar space.

Electric Underground @ the Pavilion, Cork This clubnight celebrated its fifth birthday last night with Blawan and Lone.

110th Street @ Monroe’s, Galway An Irish clubbing institution run by Cian Ó Cíobháin and Cyril Briscoe.

Mother @ Copper Alley, Dublin A gay night shying away from the commercialisation of the scene and sticking to synth, electro and disco tracks.

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I was in Hollister in Dundrum recently and for a split second thought I was in a nightclub - it was dark, loud, reeked of perfume, had a lot of desperate looking people and everything was overpriced. I may as well have been in Harcourt Street!
Did they previously have a store in the old Easons premises at the end of Dawson St because that sounds familiar.

As an aside, my sister was in the Dundrum outlet trying on a dress....the lighting was so bad that she had to get one of the store assistants to bring the dress out into the Mall just to see what colour it was!! Also....she said the shop assistants look less like real people and more like they were actually designed by Hollister!! lol
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So disappointed about POD/Odean :/ There are too many places playing generic shite.
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Whatever happened to A&F meant to open a few months ago and then in January?
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Rumour has it they were holding off on continuing the project until after Christmas to see how the Hollister store in Dundrum did.
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When you start the night in "the big Q" (that club) you are in the wrong place!


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