Upbeat Ilac Centre nears full capacity

by Gazette Reporter
0 comment

THE extent of businesses taking up retail space at the Ilac Centre means the well-known shopping district is now almost operating at full capacity.

Pharmacy chain Boots recently reopened in a new spot, while TK Maxx – set to open in June – will become a flagship store, following in the footsteps of Dunnes Stores and Debenhams.
“We very rarely have empty units,” says the centre’s marketing manager, Ann Sheehy. “TK Maxx [located at the Moore Street entrance] is the first phase of some wonderful plans we have to transform this entrance.”
A walk through the centre shows that there seems to be pretty much something for everyone, from unusual gift shops to home-stores, fitness and health supplement outlets to PC repair areas.
It isn’t just a repository for the fashion outlets, and there are also about 13 eateries scattered around the centre, which means taking a break from shopping is easy to do.
According to Sheehy, the Ilac’s footfall averages a weekly 350,000 people, thanks to its many entrances – at Parnell Street, Moore Street, Mary Street and Coles Lane – along with ample car parking spaces.
Familiar brands remain loyal to the centre, with Catch – a young fashion retail outlet; Gerard – for the older shopper; Unique menswear, and jewellers Thomas Gear all long-term residents, to name but a few.
Sheehy said: “Stores often move from premises to upgrade, but they seldom move out of the centre. There is very little we don’t have here.”
With the Henry Street area set to be re-branded as a prime shopping destination, the Ilac Centre certainly seems to hit the right spot with shoppers.

Related Articles