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FICC Patron Decathlon to open third Irish store in Dublin city centre

Sports retailer Decathlon is set to open a flagship store in Clerys Quarter in Dublin city centre.

Decathlon will occupy a 30,000 sq ft unit in the former Clerys building on O’Connell Street. The store is expected to open halfway through the year, with Decathlon signing a 30 year lease on the location.

The opening of the new outlet will also create 50 new jobs.

The French retailer currently has two stores in Ireland. The first opened in Ballymun in 2020, while the Limerick location was opened last year.

All retail space in Clerys Quarter is now fully let, with Decathlon joining H&M in the scheme. H&M’s 30,000 sq ft outlet is set to open in spring and is currently being fitted out.

Sushi chain Rolled is also due to open inside the building later this year, while coffee chain Pret A Manger opened its ground floor retail unit at Clerys Quarter last December.

The Earl Building, which represents around a third of the development’s office space, was sold to the Health Service Executive in November on behalf of the Rotunda Hospital.

It is now set to be a maternity outpatient hospital catering for over 100,000 patients each year.

The restoration of the building was completed last June.

“Clerys holds a special place in the hearts of many Irish people, with countless fond memories of shopping and generations of families creating traditions within its walls, Decathlon Ireland chief executive Elena Pecos said.

"At Decathlon, we are honoured to become a part of this legacy.”

European real estate investment group Europa, alongside local partners Core Capital, signed the deal with the sports retailer.

Europa’s director of asset management James Keast said that there is a phased opening of the development.

"The phased opening of the scheme will continue throughout 2024 and, as we near the completion of the project, we are looking forward to welcoming the community into the space,” he said.

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