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Old June 2nd, 2012, 05:19 PM   #121
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Counterintuitively, this is an announcement which can be welcomed. While McDonald's certainly doesn't trade in haute cuisine, they certainly can't be faulted for city centre design in Dublin and their suburban outlets also tend to be fairly well presented. McDonalds on Grafton and Mary/Jervis St. corner are quite restrained in their signage and are a class above their Irish counterparts. Supermacs, Apache Pizza and a lot of the non-chain fast food joints in Temple Bar certainly don't respect their surroundings and will be far more garish than any planned McDonald's outlet in Temple Bar.
On balance I think this is good. I wouldn't share the knee jerk reaction of some of the councillors. They just have to ensure that this isn't the thin end of the wedge.

Where exactly will this outlet be?
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 05:23 PM   #122
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On balance I think this is good. I wouldn't share the knee jerk reaction of some of the councillors. They just have to ensure that this isn't the thin end of the wedge.

Where exactly will this outlet be?
This building here on the corner.
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Old June 24th, 2012, 08:00 PM   #123
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Anybody see the giant Abercrombie sign that's now gone up on College Green? Was out in town last night and took a quick snap - it actually looks quite impressive

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Ahem.Do you mean the guy's tackle in the ad or the building?
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Old June 25th, 2012, 07:20 PM   #125
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Ahem.Do you mean the guy's tackle in the ad or the building?
Lol! Kind of makes me feel I need to work out a bit harder in the gym
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Old June 27th, 2012, 07:41 PM   #126
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Lol! Kind of makes me feel I need to work out a bit harder in the gym
Yep, and then you can be one of the models with washboard abs they have at launches of A&F shops!
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Old September 19th, 2012, 01:42 AM   #127
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Almost 350 jobs saved in US group's buy-out of Clerys
Updated: 19:21, Tuesday, 18 September 2012

A US private equity group has bought iconic Dublin department store Clerys in a pre-arranged deal.

The 147 staff at the store will be retained under existing terms and conditions as a result of the acquisition by Gordon Brothers.

A further 200 people, who work for concessionaires, will also keep their jobs.

The new owners say the deal will allow the group to make a fresh start after the struggles of recent years.

However, its sister shop, Guineys on Dublin's Talbot Street, as well the Clerys home furnishing stores in Leopardstown and Naas, have been put into liquidation with the loss of 29 jobs.

The High Court was told today that Guiney & Co and Denis Guiney Furnishing were "significantly reliant" on financial support from Clery & Co.

Joint liquidators Declan Tate and Sean Kelly were appointed by Mr Justice Sean Ryan who was told winding-up applications would be made in due course.

The appointment of the joint liquidators was necessary to secure stock in three outlets in Talbot Street, Leopardstown and Naas.

Lawyers said Denis Guiney Furnishings was insolvent without the support of Clerys.

The company employs 19 people between the Naas and Leopardstown outlets.

Pending the winding up order there would be issues for the liquidators concerning stock, employees and title.

The balance sheet of Guiney and Co drapery store at 79-80 Talbot Street was "solvent", but it had been loss-making in recent years and relied on the parent company, the court heard.

The situation was now materially altered because of the receivership.

Clery customer deposits, vouchers, will be honoured

Clerys' new owners said that all customer deposits, vouchers and store cards in place before the appointment of joint receivers Paul McCann and Michael McAteer yesterday will be honoured.

"The iconic Clerys department store has, for generations of Irish people, been an important feature of Dublin retail life and Gordon Brothers is committed to re-vitalising its fortune," said Frank Morton, Chief Executive of Gordon Brothers Europe.

He said that Clerys, and the sector in general, have faced significant challenges in recent years, and changes will be required to bring the store onto a secure and sustainable footing.

"We will invest in the store and look forward to working with the management, staff, concessionaires and suppliers to review and improve operations, to significantly enhance the offering to customers and build on the many excellent features of the store," he added.

Headquartered in Boston, Gordon Brothers was established in 1902 and has considerable experience and a strong track record in the retail sector.

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http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0918/alm...of-clerys.html
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Old September 19th, 2012, 08:24 PM   #128
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Mr Makesyoufeelinadequate has come down from College Green so I would say the opening of A&F will be fairly soon.

Hopefully Clerys can trade its way out of its troubles as it would be a huge shame to lose it. Clerys, like Arnotts and Brown Thomas is a retailing institution in Dublin and the place wouldn't feel right without it. The building housing it also happens to be one of the most stately and beautiful in the city so it'd be a shame if it lay vacant.
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Old September 21st, 2012, 08:18 PM   #129
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Mr Makesyoufeelinadequate has come down from College Green so I would say the opening of A&F will be fairly soon.

Hopefully Clerys can trade its way out of its troubles as it would be a huge shame to lose it. Clerys, like Arnotts and Brown Thomas is a retailing institution in Dublin and the place wouldn't feel right without it. The building housing it also happens to be one of the most stately and beautiful in the city so it'd be a shame if it lay vacant.
At what point do outdated business models become 'institutional'.....the building won't lie vacant - there is huge demand for large format stores, what will have to happen regardless of who occupies it is a massive refit to bring the place out of the 1950's.
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You'd be a fool to try and claim that Clery's isn't an institution! Anyway they are here to stay, for now at least...
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The store has been bought by an American investment firm. It's future is safe.
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Old September 22nd, 2012, 10:45 PM   #132
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You'd be a fool to try and claim that Clery's isn't an institution! Anyway they are here to stay, for now at least...
Not suggesting the building/business doesn't have history attached to it, but clearly if it was such a vital part of the retail offering in Dublin then people would shop there....was the same story when Bewleys closed!
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Old September 24th, 2012, 02:52 AM   #133
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Being a retail institution and being an attractive place to shop are two very different things. That's the reason why Cleary's is struggling and why House of Fraser Dundrum is making a fortune.

Just a market reality. If you want Cleary's to be profitable it needs a massive overhaul and new attractive brands. Retail 'institutions' only work when they are marketed right.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 10:01 PM   #134
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Being a retail institution and being an attractive place to shop are two very different things. That's the reason why Cleary's is struggling and why House of Fraser Dundrum is making a fortune.

Just a market reality. If you want Cleary's to be profitable it needs a massive overhaul and new attractive brands. Retail 'institutions' only work when they are marketed right.
Point well made. Be interesting to see how it pans out - I see today it was revealed TK Maxx bid for the building a year ago but Clearys couldn't even finance the refit they required.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 11:35 PM   #135
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Here's a news round-up which reports that 50 male models will be flying in to Dublin on Oct 26th as part of the grand opening of Abercrombie and Fitch on College Green. I believe the official opening is due to take place that day or the next;

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...324493418.html

Dubarry, the Irish clothes retailer, is also due to open beside A&F. It'll be a one-stop-shop for Ireland's youth once opened!
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So it's going to be open on Thursday!

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Models pose outside the Abercrombie Fitch shop on College Green yesterday. Company policy is to hire "good-looking people instore". The Dublin outlet will open next Thursday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

TRAFFIC CAME to a standstill on College Green yesterday as Dublin got an eyeful of Abercrombie Fitch’s 50 “hot guys” flown in to promote its new shop.

Dressed in nothing but jeans, open red jackets and flip flops, they waved from the balconies and entrance of the former Habitat building to bewildered passersby.

Company policy being to hire “good-looking people instore”, flying in handsome males from A&F stores worldwide is the standard drill operated by the US retail giant known for preppy jeans and fleece-lined hoodies.

A Munich flagship had opened the day before with similar razzmatazz.

The Dublin outlet will open next Thursday.

One of the “hot guys” flaunting his toned torso was Irishman Philip Doyle from Banbridge, Co Down, a medical student and one of A&F’s Dublin sales staff.

“It gives me an opportunity to come to Dublin, which is so much more European than Belfast, particularly at night,” he said. As for his studies, “it’s two hours each way forced revision”, he smiled.

A group of excited schoolgirls collecting for Temple Street children’s hospital, delighted about their unexpected encounter, love the clothes.

“They’re really comfortable and good quality and you can wear the tracksuits anywhere. We save up for them for Christmas or birthdays,” said Sorcha Masterson.

A&F marketing director Michael Scheiner from Ohio said the Dublin location was “so cool, being right next to Trinity College. It’s the perfect place for us.”

He confirmed that prices would be similar to online and to other European stores. “Dublin’s interior, music and scent [Fierce, which is sprayed throughout the shops] will be the same as elsewhere. It’s dark because it should feel like a club and clubs are dark, but the merchandise will be well lit,” he said.

The 6,730sq ft Dublin premises is the 10th European store out of more than 1,000 worldwide.

The US retail giant, whose Irish customers buying from the US online at the height of the Celtic Tiger years warranted a dedicated section in DHL, now faces a very different climate.

However, Mr Scheiner said sales of its sister company Hollister in Ireland were encouraging.

© 2012 The Irish Times
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It's hilarious how that old lady photo-bombed those models wearing quite a similar outfit
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The cold snap failed to cool queues at the opening of US retailer Abercrombie & Fitch's new Dublin store. Photograph: Photocall

The cold snap failed to cool queues at the opening of US retailer Abercrombie & Fitch today, with many warmed by the prospect of a shirtless hug from the store’s male greeter.

By 11am, a line of up to 100 people, mostly teenage girls, had formed outside the College Green shop, some devotees already dressed head to toe in the brand - “it’s from my aunt in America”.

Inside, the atmosphere was Fierce, that’s Abercrombie’s ‘signature scent’ which was being pumped around the nightclub-like store along with loud peppy dance music.

Jacqui Gibbons from Drumshambo, Co Leitrim and her daughters Saoirse (15) and Eimear (12) made a trip to the capital especially.

“The girls are off school and they had read about it on Facebook and Twitter and that, so they wanted to see it,” Mrs Gibbons said. She was unfazed by the queues. “They were very pleasant, the lads were chatting to the girls on the way in; they were very courteous and very nice.”

Purchases totalling around €150 were made – two hoodies and a tank top - but the real prize was a snap with the Ambercrombie “hot guy” that was going straight onto Facebook.

Niamh Brick (13) and mother Carmel Brick from Cavan were more reticent. They bought nothing.

“It’s very expensive,” said Niamh. “They are all very good looking in there. It’s very American, the way they kind of talk to you and everything.”

“I thought they were a bit outrageous now,” Mrs Brick said. “I picked up a little top similar to what you might see in River Island and it was nearly €90.”

“I kind of think for the times we are in, is there an opening for this?”

Inside, store-staff repeatedly chirped the greeting, “What’s going on?” at shoppers as queues for the dressing room and tills ran up to 20-deep. A pair of men’s boxer-briefs was selling for €24 while women’s tracksuit pants were €68.

Store management was happy with the turnout. A spokeswoman said the most popular items were hoodies, with the men’s cologne Fierce (selling at €92 for 100ml) “selling like crazy”.

“It’s going really well. It’s going great.Yeah.”

“We’re loving it. Yes, we’re really excited to be here in Dublin.”

© 2012 irishtimes.com
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