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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Flood-hit Clerys store to reopen

Published 08/11/2013 | 12:31

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Clery's department store in Dublin, closed since a flood in July, is set to reopen

One of Ireland's most famous stores is back in business.

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Clerys in O'Connell Street, Dublin, will reopen for shoppers just in time for the Christmas rush after being shut in July following a flood.

The department store's owner, OCS Operations, a subsidiary of private equity and investment company Gordon Brothers Europe, confirmed it would open its doors on Thursday November 21.

A section of the roof on the store fell through during torrential rain and thunderstorms in July and subsequently 86 staff were temporarily laid off for at least four weeks to allow for repairs.

Clerys managing director Dominic Prendergast said: "Following four months of extensive refurbishment work, the 160-year old retail emporium that is Clerys had been restored to its former glory.

"This is great news for Dublin, for our valued customers, concession partners and employees."

Gordon Brothers paid about 1 million euro (£838,000) for the landmark store after Bank of Ireland appointed a receiver to the business and took it from the Guiney family, who had it for 70 years.

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