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Square trendy? Well, it's beating the retail slump

TRENDY Tallaght is bucking the recession blues as big name stores line up for space.

At a time when the retail sector is feeling the pinch, The Square is welcoming a string of new tenants.

While newer and sometimes bigger shopping malls at times threatened to overshadow the two-decades-old centre, several big retail chains have recently opened shop in Tallaght.



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Fifteen retailers have opened their doors in the last four months at The Square , which celebrated its 22nd birthday this year.

These include high street fashion giant H&M, which opened its doors early in September to crowds of eager customers.

Other new arrivals in the Square include fashion retailer Carraig Donn, Diesel and discount store Dealz.

Top American footwear chain Sketchers is also set to open its doors at the centre in the New Year, the Herald can reveal.

The reopening of the cinema last march had triggered a steady increase in footfall through the centre in recent months.

And it is hoped that this will continue to attract big retail names to the centre which had been suffering in recent years.

"The new stores have definitely brought and energy and vibrancy to our centre in the last few months," Jack Martin, director of retail at the Square Town Centre said.

"Footfall at the centre has increased by 5pc in recent months and we're hoping that this will help the centre to get back to its best when it was the number one shopping centre in Dublin."

"It is a positive that new shops are opening," added TD for South West Dublin, Sean Crowe.

The Square Town Centre will launch its Christmas festivities today with the arrival of Santa and his special cave grotto at 5pm.

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