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Big stores eye up Stephen's Green

FIVE new major stores are being targeted by developers of the multimillion-euro revamp of the St Stephen's Green Centre.

The redesign is aimed at broadening the appeal of the centre as it approaches its 25th anniversary later this year.

A central plaza will replace many of the smaller shops and kiosks in the thoroughfare.

And larger floor space is being pencilled in to attract major international retailers.

Designers have pinpointed a weakness in the current layout where there are too many smaller outlets and an over-reliance on about 20 kiosks.

Planners want to declutter the appearance of the centre by removing some of the kiosks to make way for bigger fashion stores with international brands.

The new ground floor layout will have a central pedestrian aisle instead of the current split into two main aisles on either side of the kiosks.

Irish Life hold a 73pc stake in the centre and the remaining share is held by businessman Pierce Molony.

Fashion

Mr Molony has explained that with so many small shops on Grafton Street, fashion retailers cannot find sufficiently large enough premises for their operations.

The changes are being made to attract international fashion traders to the shopping centre in the prime location of the Grafton Street area of Dublin.

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