Sunday 22 April 2018

Dunnes Stores objects to retail kiosk plan inside Dublin's Blanchardstown Centre

The Blanchardstown Centre in Dublin
The Blanchardstown Centre in Dublin
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Plans to create 54 retail kiosks inside Blanchardstown Centre in Dublin - one of the country's biggest malls - have been scaled back after Dunnes Stores claimed the mall's owner was seeking "carte blanche" permission to locate the kiosks throughout the centre.

The centre's landlord had planned to add 54 kiosks in the centre, with a gross floor area of 5,534 square metres.

But Dunnes Stores insisted the kiosk plan would adversely affect the centre and its own store there.

"The proposed kiosk units will obstruct and will reduce sight lines to Dunnes Stores' entrances," according to Patrick O'Neill, a planner at Dunnes Stores.

Margaret Heffernan
Margaret Heffernan

He told the local council: "A large kiosk zone as proposed, which can accommodate 54 kiosk units, will introduce unnecessary obstructions and clutter to the centre's internal pedestrian mall."

Planning consultants have now told the local council that they will slash the proposed gross floor area of the kiosks to 4,595 square metres, and will reduce the number of kiosks to 38.

The proposed alterations will include reducing the number of planned kiosks near to the entrances to Dunnes Stores, which is headed by Margaret Heffernan and her brother, Frank Dunne.

Irish Independent

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