Retailers are reopening in the country's largest shopping centre today, its manager has said, but it could have 'been a different scenario' had the reopening date not been brought forward.
"No one has told us they are not coming back which is really good news but that could have been a different scenario on August 10," said Don Nugent, manager of Dundrum Town Centre on Dublin's southside. "Those two months could have been make or break for a number of retailers."
Mr Nugent acknowledged that bringing forward the opening date for shopping centres by eight weeks will make "a huge difference to the success of some of the retail brands".
Close to 100 tenants in the centre lift their shutters today, but not all stores in the southside Dublin retail complex will be back trading immediately.
River Island will open on Wednesday while the Next shop will reopen the following week on Friday, June 26. Today, eyes will inevitably be drawn to one store. It's the P-word again.
Dundrum is, after all, the retail home of the Yummy Drummy, the Irish teenagers who out-shopped their American counterparts during the Celtic Tiger years - and they all loved Penneys.
Following images of lengthy queues for the reopening of a Dublin city centre Penneys location, bosses have put a plan in place for the store to queue customers alongside the window "and, if necessary, out into the red car park on level two", Mr Nugent confirmed.
The beleaguered House of Fraser is back open for business for just two weeks.
Scheduled to close in July, it will trade for a fortnight on just one floor (on level two) while clearing out its other three floors.
The whiff of closing down bargains twinned with cabin fever should have the shoppers circling and make for a busy last chapter for one of Dundrum's original anchor tenants.
Harvey Nichols will be reopening in Dundrum, Mr Nugent has confirmed, but he doesn't have a date yet for the London retailer.
The empty LK Bennett store, overlooking the spouting fountains outside the main entrance, looks ominously bereft of stock, but Mr Nugent says the UK brand, a favourite of Kate Middleton when it comes to shoes, will be coming back.
"We've had a couple of brands that cleared the stores some time back in order to feed their online business and they have told us that they will reopen with autumn/winter stock," Mr Nugent explained.
Some retailers are now caught between a rock and a hard place. After clearing their spring/summer stock out, they don't want to bring that back into shops so late in the season, he added.
The Monsoon/Accessorize shop has been saved from the axe that fell on sister stores here when the company went into administration last week and they will reopen later with their autumn/winter collections.
When the Government announced last month that they were fast-tracking shopping centres out of phase five, it took many by surprise but the centre knew by then that the shoe brand Aldo was pulling out of Ireland.
Fashion chain Oasis had collapsed into administration the previous month while Bose, the luxury audio brand, announced in January that it was closing shops worldwide.
These three shops were destined not to reopen after lockdown but the word from the rest of tenants remains positive and there is, says Mr Nugent, an excitement to get trading "just as there was when Dundrum Town Centre opened in 2005".
Over the past 15 years, the southside complex has become a Mecca for fashion lovers. Even the Irish rugby squad have been known to spend their rest days there.
While Dundrum does a turnover of around €650m a year with 18 million visitors per annum, their new normal will see slimmed-down numbers due to social distancing requirements. Visitors will see a one-way walking system, left in/right out and customers are being encouraged to wear masks and to make contactless payments. Dedicated shopping hours for the over-70s are to be announced.
Retail resumes today but it will be at least another month before the adjoining cinema and theatre can reopen.
In the meantime, some restaurants will continue to do takeaway and delivery while centre toilets will open. Construction work on the centre's Pembroke District resumed last month and it will be home to a new bowling alley.