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Consumers prefer real-life shopping experiences, says leading Irish retailer

Retail is back and it’s here to stay, says Christine Dolan of Quayside Shopping centre in Sligo Town. The centre manager believes that the majority of Irish consumers prefer the social experience of a trip to the shops over the convenience of e-tail. She told the All-Ireland Business Times that Quayside is busier than ever. […]

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Hines completes acquisition of final phase at Chatham & King

International real estate firm Hines has formally acquired the second phase of Chatham & King, a new high-profile mixed-use scheme next to the Gaiety Theatre on South King Street in Dublin city centre. Hines’s acquisition of the 3,950sq m (42,500sq ft) portfolio marks the culmination of the €165 million deal it agreed with US private equity giant […]

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Consumer Sentiment Index

Irish consumer sentiment is at a two-year high following a modest 1.6% monthly increase in June. This increase brings the index back in line with the 25-year average of the series suggesting sentiment has been normalised. This is further supported by the fact that June marks the fifth successive monthly increase in the index, the […]

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Bannon Shopping Centre Footfall (2019, 2020, 2021)

  There is an air of positivity coming from our shopping centre & retail park management teams across the country. It has been great to see the rebound in footfall since full reopening of our portfolio on the 17th of May last. The first three weeks since reopening have seen weekly footfall jump back to […]

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Retail park portfolio’s €78m sale tests investor appetite

With online shopping having come into its own following the unwelcome arrival of Covid-19, the sale by New York-headquartered Marathon Asset Management of three of Ireland’s best-known retail parks is set to test the post-pandemic appetite of investors for traditional bricks-and-mortar retail. The Parks Collection is being offered to the market individually or as one lot by […]

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Bartra seeks €3.8m for Donegal Boardwalk Resort

Developer Richard Barrett will be hoping the reopening of the country and the much-anticipated return to growth of the tourism sector will help to drive the sale by his company, Bartra, of the Donegal Boardwalk Resort. Situated overlooking Sheephaven Bay and at the heart of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the complex is being offered to the market by […]

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Neil Bannon on Retail Recovery

One of the recommendations in our recent report on City Centre retail for Dublin City Council was to improve connectivity between the Retail Core and the Office and Cultural hubs within the City making it easier for City workers and tourists to connect to the shopping areas. Delighted to see the works taking place on […]

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Neil Bannon on the Retail Sector

Dublin Town reporting footfall in the City Centre at 87% of 2019 levels last Saturday, given the lack of Tourists that’s a very encouraging recovery. It will be interesting to see which retailers benefit most from the return of the consumer.

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Retail giants poised to land in Dublin

Retail Giants Poised to Land in Dublin. Neil Bannon commented that “retailers should fill the street by the first half of 2022. We will see Grafton Street pivot away from a UK-dominated high street mix to a more international mix”. Full article available in The Sunday Times.

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Bannon Shopping Centre Portfolio – Footfall (2019, 2020, 2021)

In a normal year we welcome in excess of 100 million people into Bannon managed shopping centres. As is evident from the chart below the last 12 months have been very different. That said we remain hopeful that the end is now in sight and we look forward to seeing the portfolio back to full […]