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Blanchardstown Centre in line for €16.5m makeover boost

Blanchardstown, one of the country’s largest shopping and leisure facilities, is to get a €16.5m interior design makeover.

Multi Corporation, the pan-European retail platform that manages the centre, hopes to transform the look of the popular north-west Dublin shopping destination.

The upgrade works, which are the first of their kind since Blanchardstown opened in 1996, are already under way, with a target completion in 2021.

They will be carried out in conjunction with the ongoing 5,000 sq.m extensions to include a new Aldi and a flagship JD Sports.

The interior works include new tiling, ceiling and wall finishes to give the centre an entirely new look and feel, according to management.

The works also include upgraded toilet facilities with enhanced provisions for disabled customers and families.

“We are delighted to be making this significant investment of €16.5m in interior upgrades for the centre,” said Pat Nash, managing director of Multi Ireland & UK.

“In keeping with our sustainability programme, all new lighting will be energy efficient. In total, the works will see the replacement and upgrade of 11,000 sq.m of centre interiors. It is going to totally transform the look and feel of the centre.

“The upgrades will significantly enhance the overall customer experience. And to ensure we are not disrupting anyone, construction work will take place outside shopping hours.”

Multi Corporation is a pan-European manager and re-developer of shopping centres and other retail assets in 14 countries.

It is owned by Blackstone, which acquired the Blanchardstown Centre in 2016 from Green Property for €945m, in one of the biggest property deals in the history of the State.

Blanchardstown Centre, which is visited by more than 16.5 million shoppers every year, has 112,000 sq.m of retail complexes, with more than 180 stores, including Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Penneys, as well as restaurants and leisure facilities and a nine-screen cinema.

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