Parts of the department stores, Brown Thomas and Arnotts, will reopen to shoppers next week on June 10th and 11th respectively, weeks earlier than had previously been expected under the Government’s lockdown easing plan.

The Government’s plan states that smaller retail outlets can reopen under phase two on June 8th while larger retail outlets, such as department stores, were not expected to reopen until phase three on June 29th.

Brown Thomas and Arnotts, however, will both reopen in part, just after the phase two date, under plans to divide their ground floors up into separate smaller silos that effectively will be operated as individual stores with their own street entrances.

Both stores are owned by UK group, Selfridges, which has already reopened the Holt Renfrew outlet in Canada and De Bijenkorf in the Netherlands.

The flagship Brown Thomas outlet on Dublin’s Grafton Street will be first to reopen on Wednesday of next week, with its ground floor broken up into five separate silos.



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