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#LoveClerys – iconic department store creates ‘memory wall’ ahead of re-opening

Jennifer McShane

Published 27/09/2013 | 14:20

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Clerys' iconic store on Dublin's O'Connell Street is closed for business due to flood damage in July
Clerys' iconic store on Dublin's O'Connell Street was closed for business due to flood damage in July
The memory wall at Clerys. (Photo: Facebook/Clerys)
Almost 90 staff at Clerys will be laid off until storm damage is repaired
Almost 90 staff at Clerys were laid off until the storm damage was repaired

A smooch under the Clerys clock – or afternoon tea.

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For decades, before the arrival of mobile phones and social media, the Clerys clock was the main meeting point in Dublin.

Now, as the store gears up for a grand re-opening, they are asking people to send in their memories of the store and their memories of it.

The store was forced to close in July after it was damaged due to flooding. 

As a result, the business temporarily laid off 86 staff as it set about repairing the damage.

Construction workers are currently on site and the owners are confident the store will be re-opened ahead of the Christmas rush.

For now, Clerys are asking people to call into their new pop up store on behind the premises on the corner of North Earl Street and post their favourite Clerys memory on their ‘memory wall.’

They are also actively encouraging people to post #LoveClerys with their memories on their Facebook and Twitter profiles to help spread the word.

The topic was trending on twitter last night.

Repair work has been going on in the store on a daily basis since the flooding damage in July, but owner the Gordon Brothers group, has insisted that it remains focused on reopening the store in time for Christmas.     

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