As yet another shop closes, can Grafton Street survive?
Once the Irish retail mecca, the Dublin shopping Street has been hit by closures. Can it recover?
Tommy Hilfiger’s Grafton Street store will not be reopening today. Photograph: Damien Eagers
West jewellers closed in 2010. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill
Korkys closed in 2013. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Lingerie store La Senza closed in 2012. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
US retailer American Apparel closed in 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
British retailer Karen Millen closed in 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Shoe shop Aldo closed in 2020. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
British retailer Wallis closed in 2013. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
HMV closed in 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Pamela Scott closed on Grafton Street in 2020. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh
A-Wear closed its Grafton Street outlet in 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke
Ecco closed in 2020. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Laura Ashley closed in 2010. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Today is the day non-essential retail finally gets to reopen; but while many shop owners around the country will be gratefully pulling up the shutters and greeting customers once more, there will be many who won’t.
On Dublin’s Grafton Street, a host of shops, formerly occupied by the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Fitzpatricks, Ecco, Urban Decay, Pamela Scott, Topman, Monsoon and Cath Kidston, will remain closed. In fact, almost one in five shops on the street won’t be reopening today.