Jack Quann
Jack Quann

19.39 30 Apr 2021


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Irish retailer Penneys has said it is to offer 'shopping by appointment' when it initially re-opens.

It said this temporary measure will be in all of its Irish stores in the week prior to a full re-opening.

In a statement, the company said: "The whole Penneys team is delighted to begin preparations to welcome customers back to our stores.

"We welcome the Government's decision to introduce shopping by appointment as a first step, having already launched this service successfully in some of our European markets.

"We will be offering shopping by appointment in every Irish store, ahead of our full re-opening on May 17th."

The retailer added it has begun working through the logistics - starting with bringing its store teams back to work.

It said it will confirm timing and full details for this next week.

Under the Government plans announced on Thursday, the phased re-opening of non-essential retail will begin on May 10th.

This will include 'click and collect' services, in store 'by appointment' and outdoor retail.

While all remaining retail is set to re-open from May 17th.

Last year Penneys said plans for a new store at the Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin were put on hold due to the pandemic.

The retail giant had planned to take over part of the units left vacant following the closure of Ireland's only House of Fraser outlet.

But a spokesperson said these negotiations were on hold "in light of the current situation".

Penneys, which trades as Primark outside Ireland, announced last March that all its Irish shops were to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Main image: A Penneys store in Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin in December 2020. Picture by: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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