Expansion plans on course for Penneys international HQ in Dublin
Penneys has submitted a planning application for a new state-of-the-art global headquarters in Dublin.
Its plans for the new facility were first reported by the Irish Independent last month.
The retailer has submitted the planning application to Dublin City Council, proposing a 125,000 square foot space to house its international headquarters.
Its intends to transform two existing Penneys offices – those located above its flagship store on Mary Street, and those in adjacent Chapel House on Parnell Street.
The company wants to link the two buildings with a bridge, and build what it describes as a “central atrium” and “glazed courtyard”.
The new headquarters will have room for 500 employees and provide a hub for the company’s vast external supplier network.
If planning permission is granted, building work should start early next year and be completed by 2015.
The company, which is owned by UK group Associated British Foods, is also in the process of opening 10 new European stores in the space of a month which will create a total of 4,000 permanent and 1,000 temporary jobs.
Yesterday it launched an outlet in Almeria in Spain, days after opening a store in Eindhoven in the Netherlands and Huelva in Spain.
It will have opened a further seven across Europe by the end of the year, including its first ever in France. The French store, in Marseilles, will employ 442 people.