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The post-lockdown retail fightback for custom has begun as Brown Thomas and Arnotts plan to reopen three weeks earlier than set out in the Government's roadmap.

Small retail outlets are due to reopen from Monday under the second phase of the roadmap to ease the country out of the Covid-19 lockdown. All other non-essential retail outlets, including department stores, are due to reopen in phase three, on June 29.

However, the Brown Thomas Arnotts Group has announced it will open next week with 'small format' stores.

Its plan involves dividing its ground-floor spaces and opening the beauty hall and the accessory hall as individual small shops with their own street access.

Brown Thomas Dublin will open five small stores on June 10 - beauty, accessories, MAC, Hermes and Louis Vuitton.

The stores will be accessed separately from Grafton Street and Wicklow Street. There will be no access between the stores or to other floors.

The following day, Arnotts on Henry Street will open three small stores.

A company spokesperson said all reopenings would adhere to "Government guidelines set out for opening of small stores".

Irish Independent