Abbey Centre’s Dunnes is set for a major revamp, the first significant modification to the store since opening in 1979. An additional 12,100 sq ft of mixed retail space will be added to the existing unit, amalgamating four other retail units in the building process.
Dunnes is planning to extend the unit “to provide a new modern retail offering to allow the store to consolidate its position and remain competitive in an ever-changing retail landscape”.
Planners said the current building suffered “from arguably a jaded external image”. The revamped Dunnes site will sit beside Next, which is also currently being redeveloped.
A planning statement from the retailer said that “although Dunnes is in a prime location within the centre”, the business “fully understands that it must now take the opportunity to create a new flagship store that will breathe new life, not only into its own business, but into the centre overall”.
Emma Mackenzie, director at NewRiver Retail – which owns Abbey Centre – said the new arrivals at the business were “testament to how well the centre is trading”.