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Dundrum opens with new queuing plan for Penneys

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Jennifer Crofts has a look at the H&M window display in Dundrum Town Centre ahead of its shops reopening to the public after the Covid 19 lockdown is relaxed

Jennifer Crofts has a look at the H&M window display in Dundrum Town Centre ahead of its shops reopening to the public after the Covid 19 lockdown is relaxed

Jennifer Crofts has a look at the H&M window display in Dundrum Town Centre ahead of its shops reopening to the public after the Covid 19 lockdown is relaxed

Dundrum Town Centre is taking no chances when the country's largest shopping centre reopens today with close to 100 retailers lifting their shutters.

Eyes will inevitably be drawn to one store in particular given what happened last Friday.

In anticipation of a large turnout of Penneys customers in Dundrum, a special queuing mechanism into a car park has been devised.

Markers

Centre manager Don Nugent said: "We have agreed a queuing mechanism with Penneys. They will queue people along their window and, if necessary, out into our red multi-storey car park where we have put down markers that clearly identify that people are queuing for Penneys."

While the shopping centre remained open during lockdown for essential services, a slew of big-name stores can open now.

However, some fashion brands have postponed opening until later, with River Island lifting their shutters on Wednesday and Next opening on Friday week. Others like Aldo shoes, Oasis fashion and the luxury audio brand Bose will not open again.

The beleaguered House of Fraser will be back, but only for two weeks.

Scheduled to close in July, it will trade on only one floor (level two).

The Harvey Nichols shop will be reopening in Dundrum, Mr Nugent has confirmed, but he doesn't have a date yet.

LK Bennett, a favourite of Kate Middleton when it comes to shoes, will be coming back but not to sell summer stock, Mr Nugent said.

"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," he said.

The same applies to the Monsoon/Accessorize store in Dundrum, which survived the chop when the chain went into administration last week.

The Spanish retailer Inditex will have four shops - Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka and Pull and Bear - open today.

The country's shopping centres opened two months early after the Government fast-tracked them out of phase five.