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Shoppers Delight: Penneys stores to reopen next week

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Penneys on Mary St, Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Penneys on Mary St, Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Penneys on Mary St, Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

It's the news that lots of shoppers have been waiting to hear - Penneys stores will reopen next week.

Primark bosses met last night and the company today confirmed that their stores with street access will open next Friday.

The 16 Penneys stores with street access opening next Friday June 12 are: Dublin's Mary Street and O'Connell Street, Dun Laoghaire, Wexford, Sligo, Kilkenny, Limerick, Drogheda, Newbridge, Waterford, Tralee, Cork, Clonmel, Swords, Ballina and Killarney.

The remaining 20 stores opening on Monday June 15 are: Dundrum, Blanchardstown, Liffey Valley, Nutgrove, Santry, Artane, Navan, Mullingar, Portlaoise, Ennis, Dooradoyle, Letterkenny, Galway shopping centre, Galway Eyre Square, Longford, Castlebar, Athlone, Dundalk Marshes, Wilton and Carlow temporary store.

Speculation was rife about when the legendary Irish chain would reopen and the confirmation finally came this morning.

The Penneys stores will look different when you get back into shop.

There will be no changing rooms open. All testers from the health and beauty departments have been removed and all beauty concessions are closed. However, the company said they may review this policy as the situation develops and in line with government guidance.

The layout of stores has been redesigned to allow for more space between people by reconfiguring the queueing system at till points. Every second till will be closed to allowed more space between customers and between staff.
Dedicated employees and additional security staff will guide customers through the store in a way that limits contact with others.

Customer toilets and cafes will be closed. Limits will be put on the number of customers in store at any one time.

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Paul Marchant, CEO said "we have really missed our customers and we are delighted to be back trading again on our home soil.

We know that life for our customers is going to look different for a while. We want our stores to be safe and reassuring places to shop and work. While it might take a little longer to get into our stores, once inside, customers will find all their favourite Penneys products and we have worked hard to make sure that clear signage and extra help will be there to guide them through the changes we have made to allow for social distancing."


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