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Non-essential shops prepared for closure as footfall collapses

Retail Excellence predicts up to 10pc of retail footprint could be lost

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'David Fitzsimons, chief executive of representative group Retail Excellence, said the impact of the virus over the coming weeks would lead to fundamental changes in Irish retail.' Photo: David Conachy

'David Fitzsimons, chief executive of representative group Retail Excellence, said the impact of the virus over the coming weeks would lead to fundamental changes in Irish retail.' Photo: David Conachy

'David Fitzsimons, chief executive of representative group Retail Excellence, said the impact of the virus over the coming weeks would lead to fundamental changes in Irish retail.' Photo: David Conachy

A significant number of non-essential retailers are preparing to close their shops amid the Covid-19 restrictions in order to secure their longer-term viability. Essential stores are considered to be supermarkets and chemists in other countries with tighter restrictions.

A number of small fashion shops in Dublin closed on Friday, with more expected to follow in the coming days

Retailers reported a footfall drop of up to 90pc in the worst affected sectors.