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One year milestone for Dunnes Stores

Thursday, 7th November, 2019 8:55am

There’s a special weekend in Bishopstown next week as Dunnes Stores celebrates one year since unveiling its brand new state of the art store.

The Bishopstown Court location has become a major shopping destination with lovers of great food and fashion flocking there to experience it for themselves with food, fashion and homeware all under one roof.

To celebrate the successful milestone, and especially timed as a preview to the Christmas season, the team at Bishopstown Court is organising a special festive weekend from 16-17 November. Joe Duke, Dunnes Stores Bishopstown Court Grocery Manager said: “It’s been a very special year for us and also for Dunnes Stores as a whole. We are officially Ireland’s number one food retailer, have been awarded Irish Retailer of the Year, brought home numerous national and international awards in 2019 and this year also marks the 75th anniversary of the business, which opened its first store on St Patrick’s Street in Cork in 1944.

“Every single member of the team in Cork are so proud of this strong Cork heritage, and many of us still remember some of our founding colleagues very fondly, including Bishopstown native Dan Barratt, who worked with Dunnes Stores in Cork for over 70 years and who worked alongside Ben Dunne Senior in setting up the business.”

John Porter, who is the manager of fashion and home at Bishopstown Court, added: “After the phenomenal success of last year’s unveiling weekend, we wanted to celebrate again with our customers. Our customers and our dedicated staff are a big part of the reason our new look store has been such a phenomenal success. This weekend is our way of saying thank you to our loyal customers and our hard working teams, who are as proud of our fabulous store as we are.”

The celebrations this year will include special fashion shows on 16 November, with Celia Holman Lee, showcasing all of Dunnes’ designer collections and main ranges. There will also be a wide range of activities in the food hall, where some of Ireland’s leading food producers will be on hand to meet customers, and to invite them to sample some of their signature products.

Sunday will be all about family and home. Taking to the stage will be Aileen Cox Blundell of Baby Led Feeding fame, with mini workshops on how mums and dads can prepare food for the whole family including baby. Aileen will also be chatting to designer Leigh Tucker on how she juggles everything from her busy family life with her successful career. Leigh will also be showcasing her children’s fashion collection while Cork native Michael Mortell will be showcasing his latest collection for the home, and chatting on stage about how he prepares his home for Christmas.

Joe, John and their teams are also organising lots of kid friendly activities and there are plans for a very special guest, Santa Claus, and some of his elves, to call in over the weekend. More details will be announced in the lead-up to next weekend through Facebook and Instagram.

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