“Electronics is becoming more like the fashion industry. It must be fresher, cleaner, more aesthetic.” Blaine Callard, CEO of Harvey Norman in Ireland, at the retailer’s store at Airside Retail Park.Photograph: Alan Betson

In a corner of Harvey Norman’s Dublin head office, there is a bottle of champagne the size of a fire extinguisher. It lies in a glass case bearing an (...)

Harvey Norman Ireland chief executive Blaine Callard: “I’ve always said we are committed to Ireland, but it doesn’t mean we are committed to every site.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Blaine Callard, the chief executive of Harvey Norman Ireland, has indicated he is prepared to shut some of the group’s 12 stores in the State if “h(...)

The latest letting to German retailer Maxi Zoo has brought the occupancy level to 100 per cent at the retail parks in Blanchardstown Centre, west Dubl(...)

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Blaine Callard: dumped those annoying “Go Harvey, Goooo!” radio ads

Party time is back in the retail industry. Harvey Norman, the Australian furniture and electronics chain with a dozen stores in Ireland, hosted a bash(...)

Carrickmines Retail Park phase 1 in south Co Dublin

Nama has confirmed the scale and identify of its first retail park portfolio to be offered for sale. Five parks, including the first phase of Carri(...)

‘People should be aware that the sales people are making claims of service that do not add up,’ says our reader in relation to Eircom’s eFibre

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Mattress Mick with two of the cutouts that dot his northside premises. Photograph: Dave Meehan 1:40

The problem with Mattress Mick is that he is so quotable you can’t get it down fast enough. “This is our empire,” he says as walks through his show(...)

The average tap uses seven litres of water per minute, so it’s a good idea to turn it off when you brush your teeth. Photograph: Thinkstock

People have become very interested in water conservation, says Mark Burke of bathroom product manufacturers Roca Ireland. This is because average a(...)

Expanding a retail business into another geography is a notoriously tricky business. Tesco only cracked the Irish market second time around by acquiri(...)