Shoppers pick up bargains at liquidation sale of Clerys stock

Windows of pop-up shop on Parnell Street are covered in giant yellow posters advertising ‘Clerys liquidation store’

A shopper looks through clothes at the liquidation sale in a premises on Parnell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A shopper looks through clothes at the liquidation sale in a premises on Parnell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

 

Mountains of socks and underwear are piled up in big blue bins scattered throughout the shop that is supposedly having the very last Clerys sale.

Hastily-erected rails groan under the weight of jeans, suits and jackets taken from the Best Menswear concession at the Dublin department store which shut its doors suddenly last month.

The windows of the pop-up shop on Parnell Street, where Peats World of Electronics used to be, are covered in giant yellow posters advertising the place as a “Clerys liquidation store”, with everything said to be half price. They block out almost all the natural light and give the shop inside a gloomy and depressed air.

It seems about right.

Reluctant to talk

The temporary store, which is employing 15 people from the menswear department of Clerys, is likely to remain open for the rest of the month depending on sales.

Shoppers rifle through racks of Levi jeans, Tommy Hilfiger shirts and Remus Uomo suits.

“I just saw that there was a liquidation sale so I thought I’d come in and have a look,” says Dave McCarthy from Killester after making his purchases.

He watches his new clothing being put into plain white paper bags. “Is it Clerys? I didn’t know that it was Clerys,” he says, expressing mild sadness that the department store has closed down.

Sadness offset

Other shoppers are less impressed with what’s on offer. “Half off? It doesn’t look like the stuff is half price to me,” a disgruntled man mumbles as he storms through the doors past a couple of older women who are peering in curiously.

“It only has men’s clothes,” one of the women tells her friend. “Sure what good is that?”

She pulls a face when she realises the sale is of stock that was once bound for Clerys.

“It’s a great shame what happened. Denis Guiney would be turning in his grave.”