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Quartier Bloom will connect the Millenium Bridge with Strand Street and Upper Abbey Street.
http://www.thepost.ie/web/DocumentView/did-804764823-pageUrl--2FThe-Newspaper-2FSundays-Paper-2FNews.aspQuartier Bloom pledge of cheaper food and drink
By Stephen McMahon
The first shops on Dublin's newest pedestrian street, Bloom's Lane, opened on Friday.
Developer Mick Wallace of Wallace Construction has retained control of all the retail outlets in the €20 million Quartier Bloom development beside the Millennium Bridge, on the Liffey's northside.
"I am a builder by nature, but with such a precious type of development I wanted to retain full control," said Wallace.
"I also want to develop some good European food shops and wine bars charging fair prices, because there is a dearth of these types of outlets in Dublin."
Wallace has opened retail outlets on the ground level of the development, with a wine bar, clothes shop, juice bar, coffee shop and European delicatessen set to open in the coming weeks.
A two-storey restaurant is also being planned. Wallace hopes Quartier Bloom will expose the ripoff culture, which he says, grips Dublin's food and drink sector.
"We will be charging cheaper prices for better quality products than is currently the norm in Dublin," he said.
His love of Italy, and especially its football, was recently strengthened by his decision to buy a small Italian vineyard and establish a construction company close to Genoa. In the last decade Wallace has earned a reputation for delivering building projects on time and on budget. His vans displaying the words: "Life Is Short. Work Hard. Play Hard. Love Football' have become features of Dublin's streets.
Wallace made the news last year when he hung a 30ft by 40ft banner from the Millennium Bridge which read: NO WAR. NO NICE. NO AMERICAN TERRORISM.
The Quartier Bloom development contains 27 apartments, eight retail outlets and space for five offices. Prices for the one-bedroom apartments start at €395,000 while twobedroom units start at €510,000.
The new walkway, Bloom's Lane, will be officially named early in the New Year to coincide with the centenary of James Joyce's Ulysses.0