Restored Clerys set to open for shoppers
Iconic Dublin store Clerys will reopen its doors to the public in just under two weeks time – but won't be having a Christmas window this year.
Members of the public will be able to see the revamped department store when it opens for business on Thursday, November 21, just in time to capitalise on the Christmas market.
The shop was extensively damaged by flood waters coming through the roof in a thunder and lightning storm on the night of July 24 last.
But after much work, it's now set to open its doors to shoppers once again.
An informed source said: "Careful restoration of Clerys has been ongoing for weeks. It's an extensive renovation job.
"Workers have revealed banisters and cornicing to bring Clerys back to its former glory."
However, sources said that unfortunately there will be no Clerys Christmas window this year.
The US owners of Clerys, the Gordon Brothers, had pledged the store will be back in business in time for the festive season.
And yesterday came the eagerly awaited announcement. OCS Operations Ltd, a subsidiary of private equity and investment company Gordon Brothers Europe, said that Clerys, has been restored with the support of insurers, Allianz.
Dominic Prendergast, managing director of Clerys Department Store, said: "Following four months of extensive refurbishment work, the 160-year old retail emporium that is Clerys, had been restored to its former glory. "
He described it as "great news for Dublin" and for the customers and employees of the shop.
The Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID), the organisation that represents 2,500 businesses in Dublin city centre, also welcomed the announcement.
It's CEO Richard Guiney said: "Great credit is due to Dominic Prendergast and his team on the fast turnaround in getting the department store refurbished and re-opened.
"We received many enquiries from the public who were keen to see the iconic store reopen.
"We are delighted to see Clerys once again take pride of place in O'Connell Street."