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Foxhunter pub to be a new Avoca outlet

THE former Foxhunter pub, on the outskirts of Dublin, is set to be reopened as an Avoca outfit.

The pub, one of the city's best-known landmarks, was bought in 2007 for a reported price of €17m, before closing its doors in December 2012 and being placed in the hands of receiver Tom Kavanagh.

It was recently sold to Avoca for an undisclosed sum.

Situated beside Lucan village, on the main Dublin to Galway N4 route, the pub occupies just more than three acres of land.

Now South Dublin County Council has granted permission for Avoca to change the former Foxhunter pub into a shop and restaurant.

Managing director of Avoca Simon Pratt has said that the new branch of the artisan business will be primarily used as a food market.

Around 30pc of the space has been earmarked for development of a cafe, while 10pc for a craft shop.

It is understood that the design has closely followed that of the Monkstown branch of the business chain.

Avoca management has plans in place to open the premises by March 2015 and that will create around 50 jobs for the local area.

A pub has stood on the site since of the current Foxhunter the 19th Century, but the business has been closed and boarded up for over two years.

Local Fine Gael councillor William Lavelle has said that it was a positive development for the area.

The Lucan Avoca will be the 12th in a branch that began in Wicklow in 1723 as a hand weaving mill.