Dublin’s varied department stores offer a pleasant mix of high fashion and discount essentials, with all kinds of everyday wearables in between. From the considered haute couture at Grafton Street’s Brown Thomas to the quick-response trend-satisfying items at Penneys, here’s what to expect from Dublin’s best department stores.
So popular is the discount Penneys brand in Ireland that a running joke exists that the typical response to a compliment of an outfit in the country is, ‘Thanks, Penneys.’ The Irish clothing retailer first opened in June 1969 on Mary Street, Dublin under the name Penneys and, while it has since been rebranded as Primark internationally, the name is unchanged in Ireland. Famous for their low-cost clothing for men, women and children, Penneys also sells accessories and footwear, homewares and beauty products. Expect to spend very little and come out with a lot.
In 2007, British retailer Debenhams took over the prime retail spaces formerly operated by the national Roches Stores chain, which ceased trading that year after over 100 years in business. Today, Debenhams Ireland operates four stores in Dublin and two in Cork, as well as outlets in Galway, Limerick and Waterford. Also strong in beauty, gifts, and interior items, the Debenhams fashion department runs an impressive Designers at Debenhams portfolio, working with big names like Henry Holland, Julien Macdonald and Ireland’s own John Rocha. Though the store briefly entered examinership earlier this year, a plan has since been formulated to save it, much to shoppers relief.