Monique and Simon Pratt in Avoca Kilmacanogue: the family has sold the business, begun in a mill in Avoca, for more than €60 million. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Simon Pratt, managing director of the hitherto family-owned Avoca Handweavers and the son of its founders, was 10 when he first saw the old Wicklow mi(...)

Avoca outlets are mostly clustered around Dublin and Wicklow. It also operates from Kerry, Belfast and has a retail-only store in Connemara

Avoca’s new owner Aramark is to finance an aggressive expansion of the brand in Ireland before taking it to the UK. The multinational caterer, which b(...)

Avoca deal is subject to approval from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. Photograph: David Sleator

The Pratt family that owns the Avoca chain of luxury retail outlets and cafés yesterday agreed a deal to sell it to the listed US catering group Arama(...)

At the launch of the new gift card are (from left)  John Wall,  FromMe2You managing director; Oonagh Hagan,   Meaghers Pharmacy Group managing director and chair of Retail Excellence Ireland; David Fitzsimons, chief executive of  REI,  and Gillian McGowran of  Topaz. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Retail Excellence Ireland has launched a new multi-store gift card in time for the Christmas market, with just under €2 million in backing from a n(...)

After six months searching for the right premises, the couple found “ a great site on Leonard’s Corner” and after a summer spent doing the place up, Bastible is now open at 111 South Circular Road. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

READY FOR FIRST STEPS Does Portobello in Dublin 8 now rival Ranelagh as restaurant central in the capital? The latest opening in the area is a (...)

Café Du Journal at the Crescent, Monkstown: €65,000 annual rent.

Lambert Smith Hampton is inviting offers in excess of €900,000 for a retail building let to Café Du Journal at the Crescent in Monkstown, Co Dublin. (...)

An investment group paid Davy Irish Property Fund in the region of €15 million for Mespil Court in Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Davy Irish Property Fund (DIPF) , one of the major Irish players in the Irish commercial property market, has opened its fund to a larger pool of inve(...)

The superbly-located property at the head of the Avoca river overlooking Arklow Marina and the local golf club.

An extensive waterfront development site on the South Quays at Arklow Harbour in Co Wicklow, is expected to generate considerable interest among devel(...)

A small artisanal bakery company in Waterford has won a major contract to supply Marks & Spencer across the UK. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A small artisanal bakery company in Waterford has won a major contract to supply Marks & Spencer across the UK, where the retailing giant operates(...)

When it came on the market two years ago, 5 Brighton Avenue, a refurbished Victorian end of terrace house in the comfortable coastal suburb of Monk(...)