Dunnes Stores planning to convert large Dublin store into two new restaurants
Dunnes Stores is planning to convert a large shop on George's Street in Dublin into two restaurants.
The family-owned group recently closed the homeware shop near its city centre headquarters. The unit had previously been a clothing shop selling a number of Dunnes' designer brands.
Silverwood Developments, one of the family's key corporate vehicles, has sought planning permission for a change of use for the premises.
Previously known as Dunnes Home Stores, the company wants to divide the premises into two licensed restaurant units.
Dunnes has repositioned itself over the past two years, bringing in more designer names to its clothing range and taking its grocery business upmarket.
The company also owns a casual dining restaurant called Considered, which is aimed at the lunchtime market.
Market sources said that Dunnes could lease out the new premises or develop the two restaurants, possibly in partnership with existing operators in the area.
Margaret Heffernan has been handing over the reins of the family business to daughter Anne Heffernan and niece Sharon McMahon, both of whom have been appointed directors of all Dunnes Stores companies.
Sunday Indo Business