Simon Pratt

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Avoca managing director Tara O’Neill  in  the company’s new Ballsbridge foodie venture. Photograph:  Alan Betson

On a huge reclaimed frieze behind the bar at Avoca’s newest Dublin foodstore, there’s a carving of the Latin adage: Tempus fugit. Times flies. It cert(...)

Tourism in Ireland: the rise in the tourism VAT rate will undoubtedly make life more difficult for some smaller restaurant and hotel operators in certain parts of the country. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The primal scream from tourism and hospitality operators over the return of their VAT rate to 13.5 per cent is understandable, given the scale of disa(...)

“If you are just a retailer now you are going to have to be a tech company tomorrow.” Photograph: iStock

Retailers will gather in at a conference Dublin later this week to find out how they can make shopping more “experiential”. What on earth is experient(...)

Simon Pratt, MD of Avoca at the new store under construction at Dunboyne, Co. Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Avoca Handweavers managing director Simon Pratt lolls on a chair on the deck beside the herb garden at the company’s new €3 million flagship store nea(...)

The new Dunboyne Avoca will target a communter hinterland including Meath, Kildare and west Dublin.

Food and lifestyle luxuries retailer Avoca will open a Poulet Bonne Femme concession at its new €3 million flagship store in Dunboyne, which will be (...)

Avoca’s new outlet will include the usual full café, grill, takeaway food, fashion and household goods as well as a butcher’s shop, rotisserie and garden centre

The Avoca chain of luxury retail outlets and cafes is to open its 12th store in Dunboyne, Co Meath, next March. The 4,645sq m (50,000sq ft) outlet wil(...)

The Winding Stair in Dublin and Vibes & Scribes in Cork are on 72 cent stamps while Clerke, a grocer in Skibbereen and Thomas Moran, a hardware and faming shop in Westport, Co Mayo feature on the €1.10 stamp.

Notepads and cameras at the ready, the judges are out on the road visiting the 100 stores on this year’s Best Shops shortlist. The winners will be ann(...)

O’Connell’s Victuallers, Limerick city, opened in 1919 by Paddy O’Connell and taken over by Philip Craughan and run now by his son Paul, “has the friendliest and most genuine staff,” says Grace Sheridan.

The family-run section of Best Shops competition has readers writing in their droves. Ian McKenna loves Mullins in Donegal Town, run by Kieran and se(...)

Businesses such as the Bud Garden Centre in Clare tested the waters as a pop-up before diving in

The pop-up shop is a retail concept that allows enterprising individuals to try their idea out to see how it might go down with the public before comm(...)

Avoca currently operates 11 stores

Avoca is to create 80 new jobs with the opening of a new store in Dunboyne, Co Meath. The company, which was acquired by the US catering group Aramar(...)

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