Swedish fashion giant H&M set to debut at Dublin’s Clerys Quarter this week


The Clerys clock in 2012, tags: swedish fashion open dublin's - CC BY-SA

H&M, the renowned Swedish fashion retailer, is poised to open this week in Dublin’s revitalized Clerys Quarter on O’Connell Street.

The iconic building situated in the middle of Dublin’s main street has been vacant for some time and was expected to reopen before Christmas last year. Last December, the iconic Christmas window of the former department store was unveiled for the first time in many years, hinting at the building’s imminent reopening.

The long wait for its return is now over, as Clerys Quarter is all set to open its doors for visitors with H&M’s latest fashion offerings. The retail space occupies a lavish area and spans over 30,000 sq ft. It is currently undergoing the final stages of fitting out as H&M prepares for its official debut in Dublin. The brand is yet to make an official announcement. However, a spokesperson has confirmed that the store opens its gates for visitors this Friday.

Spaces at Clerys Quarter to fill up soon

H&M is not the only new addition to the development! Decathlon, a prominent French sports retailer, will also have its footing in Dublin’s revived architecture. It would occupy the other half of the retail space of about 30,000 sq ft. Decathlon will open its store at Clerys Quarter later in the year, with an expected opening date in July.

Earlier, the building was to have a UK-based high-end fashion brand, Flannels, by Mike Ashley, occupying the other half. However, the deal with Decathlon was closed after Flannels pulled out last year.

The building is going to accommodate 90,000 sq ft worth of office space. About thirty percent of the offices in Europa Capital’s latest project have been sold to the Health Service Executive (HSE). QRE Real Estate Advisers and CBRE are also discussing securing tenants for the last office spaces at Clerys Quarter.

A four-star hotel with accommodation of 213 beds is also said to be a part of the revived building, along with a rooftop restaurant providing a panoramic view.

An outpatient healthcare center will open at the Earl Building, located at the rear of the development. The center will offer services to pregnant women, children, colposcopy patients, and those with perinatal mental health issues while providing on-site access to physiotherapy and social work resources.

Painting the new picture for Clerys Quarter

The building’s historic features, including the colonnaded facade and refurbished Clerys clock, have been carefully preserved during the redevelopment process. Clerys’ famous tea rooms will also reopen as part of the overall plan for Clerys Quarter. These will once again be accessible to the public, adding to the shopping experience in the revamped scheme.

For the building project led by Henry J Lyons, retaining these specific elements is deemed essential, as the initial blueprints were inspired by Selfridges’ iconic London store.

The H&M establishment in the historic building is expected to elevate the place’s economy and invite a much better crowd and economic exposure in the near future.

The opening of H&M at the iconic Clerys Quarter is a great addition to the capital’s premier street and will provide a major boost to the city’s northside shopping experience. It is wonderful that an international brand such as H&M sees a long-term future on our capital’s main street.

Richard Guiney, the CEO of DublinTown

Redevelopment brings renewed life to iconic building

With a diverse range of businesses and amenities, including retail spaces, office complexes, and various food services, Clerys Quarter in the main street is once again set to become a modern hub in Dublin city center while maintaining its rich historical significance.

The redevelopment of the historic site brings new life to the former department store and its surrounding area, attracting both local as well as international visitors. The opening of H&M at Clerys Quarter marks a significant step forward in revitalizing this iconic building. This symbolizes Dublin’s resilience and determination to rise from challenging economic periods.

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