Retail Property - Next expands its Dublin outlet

Next has increased its representation at Dublin's Liffey Valley Shopping Centre six-fold after reaching an agreement with landlord Morley Fund Management to vacate its existing 5,000 sq ft (465 sq m) store and move into a nearby 30,000 sq ft (2,790 sq m) unit.

Next has taken a 21-year lease on the store, which is its biggest in the Irish Republic.

River Island has agreed to take the original Next store and will extend it up to the mezzanine floor resulting in a unit of 10,000 sq ft (930 sq m).

At the same time, US retailer Tommy Hilfiger is to make its Irish debut at Liffey Valley. The chain has taken the 2,150 sq ft (200 sq m) unit 26, formerly occupied by Warner Bros at what letting agents Hamilton Osborne King and Strutt & Parker describe as a 'competitive rate'.

Hilfiger has already identified a location for its second Irish store - it has reserved a unit at the Dundrum scheme.