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Blanchardstown Centre - history of tenants

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,825 ✭✭✭ Tzardine


    Does anybody remember the shop that was beside Roches Stores, near where the florist is now. I think it was attached to a butchers. They did hot rolls at lunch time. They had hot roast beef / turkey joints and chicken. There used to be a mad Q there.

    I think it might have been called Gleesons actually. Probably 15 years ago.


  • Registered Users Posts: 697 ✭✭✭ LorelaiG


    Yeah Gleesons used to be down that end and I do remember them doing rolls at lunch time!


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,871 ✭✭✭✭ Gavin "shels"


    LorelaiG wrote: »
    What was the store on the other side of that pair mobile kiosk? Or was there one?

    Wasn't it that supplement store where the woman was always sitting on the stool at the entrance to it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 697 ✭✭✭ LorelaiG


    Yeah I thought that but actually hadn't noticed it was gone! Mad if so, he's been there yearrrssss.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,201 ✭✭✭ ongarboy


    I specifically remember the Starbucks down there now replacing a butcher's so it must've been that unit. Kay's had a much smaller restaurant in or around there too before they moved across the way.


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  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 23,010 Mod ✭✭✭✭ TICKLE_ME_ELMO


    ongarboy wrote: »
    I specifically remember the Starbucks down there now replacing a butcher's so it must've been that unit. Kay's had a much smaller restaurant in or around there too before they moved across the way.

    Kay's was beside the fountain, almost literally opposite where it is now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,687 ✭✭✭✭ Samuel T. Cogley


    Fond memories of Time Computers, we got punted over from Scotland as it was easier than recruiting managers in Dublin and we were let run riot. We had a family of ducks living in the fire corridor at one point. Far too much time and money spent in the Budda bar!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,315 ✭✭✭ daymobrew


    Wasn't it that supplement store where the woman was always sitting on the stool at the entrance to it?
    Was that Tony Quinn Health Store?


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,871 ✭✭✭✭ Gavin "shels"


    daymobrew wrote: »
    Was that Tony Quinn Health Store?

    Ye that's the one - I could be wrong but nearly sure it's gone, unless they're moving.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,825 ✭✭✭ Tzardine


    Wasn't it that supplement store where the woman was always sitting on the stool at the entrance to it?

    I always felt sorry for her. I imagine she had a massive debt to Tony Quinn. A friend of mine was caught up with them. Spent about 30 grand on "courses".


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 132 ✭✭ avalidusername


    Tzardine wrote: »
    I always felt sorry for her. I imagine she had a massive debt to Tony Quinn. A friend of mine was caught up with them. Spent about 30 grand on "courses".

    Likewise, I always thought she was working there an incredibly long time and never looked very happy. Spoke to her once buying something and she was friendly and helpful though.

    I've a vague memory of one of the Sunday tabloids doing an exposé on Tony Quinn as somewhat of a cult leader a few years back, don't think it gained much traction so it died down after a week or two.

    Only realised that unit was changed reading this thread, is it the sunglasses or eyebrow place now?

    My most missed unit is the Pickamix place downstairs, I spent way more money than I should have on fizzy cherry cola bottles! :D:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,565 ✭✭✭✭ JupiterKid


    What’s happening to this hare-brained plan to add more kiosks to the Blanch Centre?

    It’s clear to me that the Centre needs to be extended and redeveloped around its edges. The surface car parks should be replaced with multi-storeys. Some of the malls could be extended further out. Also the whole complex with the retail parks around the edges is pedestrian unfriendly, particularly in bad weather.

    The Centre has generally aged well in 22 years (wow - that long since it opened?? :eek:) but it seems to me that it can’t keep up with the sheer population growth of Dublin 15 and neighbouring areas like County Meath from which it draws much of its customer base from.


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 23,010 Mod ✭✭✭✭ TICKLE_ME_ELMO


    JupiterKid wrote: »
    What’s happening to this hare-brained plan to add more kiosks to the Blanch Centre?

    It’s clear to me that the Centre needs to be extended and redeveloped around its edges. The surface car parks should be replaced with multi-storeys. Some of the malls could be extended further out. Also the whole complex with the retail parks around the edges is pedestrian unfriendly, particularly in bad weather.

    The Centre has generally aged well in 22 years (wow - that long since it opened?? :eek:) but it seems to me that it can’t keep up with the sheer population growth of Dublin 15 and neighbouring areas like County Meath from which it draws much of its customer base from.

    They are supposed to be extending into the yellow car park and then turning one of the other car parks into another multi story. They announced that ages ago though. There's more units empty in the centre at the moment than I ever remember there being so expanding seems a bit odd at the moment. Who knows.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,702 ✭✭✭ ongarite


    Centre doesn't need expanding at all, just better traffic management.
    There are too many vacant units already and I can think of any big brands missing from the place.

    Established UK retailers who also trade in the Ireland are facing some serious trading issues.
    Fast fashion is moving online with the likes of ASOS, MandM & Boohoo taking large market share.
    Not too many EU based retailers who would be interested in coming into the small Irish market.


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 23,010 Mod ✭✭✭✭ TICKLE_ME_ELMO


    Some of the anchor tenants could do with bigger units. Dunnes and M&S are both pretty rubbish compared to some of their other stores around the country. Expanding into the yellow could work for Dunnes but I'm sure they own the unit they're in there and it's the centre that's supposedly expanding so it's unlikely they will too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,602 ✭✭✭ Nolimits


    Some of the anchor tenants could do with bigger units. Dunnes and M&S are both pretty rubbish compared to some of their other stores around the country. Expanding into the yellow could work for Dunnes but I'm sure they own the unit they're in there and it's the centre that's supposedly expanding so it's unlikely they will too.

    Dunnes won't be expanding anytime soon. If you've been in there recently you'll see there's some work started. This is actually a huge job, should be finished around November. The shop will be getting a little bigger but basically everything is changing, James Whelan, Baxter and Green, a Cheesemonger and Cafe Sol all going in over the next few months. So basically they won't be expanding anywhere else for the foreseeable future.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,315 ✭✭✭ daymobrew


    Nolimits wrote: »
    basically everything is changing, James Whelan, Baxter and Green, a Cheesemonger and Cafe Sol all going in over the next few months. So basically they won't be expanding anywhere else for the foreseeable future.
    How do you know which tenants are incoming?
    I (poorly) maintain Blanch Centre History so would love to get advance info.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,602 ✭✭✭ Nolimits


    daymobrew wrote: »
    How do you know which tenants are incoming?
    I (poorly) maintain Blanch Centre History so would love to get advance info.

    They're not new tenants, they'll be inside Dunnes. They are companies owned by Dunnes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,201 ✭✭✭ ongarboy


    Yeah, Dunnes are doing an upgrade of their flagship stores. Stephens Green, Cornelscourt, Rathmines and Henry St already had their makeovers. Glad to see Blanch getting done too!


  • Registered Users Posts: 697 ✭✭✭ LorelaiG


    Does this mean the dunnes cafe will be gone?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,602 ✭✭✭ Nolimits


    LorelaiG wrote: »
    Does this mean the dunnes cafe will be gone?

    No, it's not going anywhere.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,381 ✭✭✭ oblivious


    ongarboy wrote: »
    Yeah, Dunnes are doing an upgrade of their flagship stores. Stephens Green, Cornelscourt, Rathmines and Henry St already had their makeovers. Glad to see Blanch getting done too!

    The one in corrnelscount is very nice


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,564 ✭✭✭ DoozerT6


    Wasn't it that supplement store where the woman was always sitting on the stool at the entrance to it?

    The Tony Quinn kiosk - I only noticed last weekend that it was gone. It'd been there years! I only ever saw two people working there, the aforementioned woman and a guy with a grey moustache. They must have worked all the hours there. Would be pushed to remember ever seeing a customer in there either.

    Anybody got any ideas when Krispy Kreme is meant to open?


  • Registered Users Posts: 699 ✭✭✭ glossy


    DoozerT6 wrote: »
    The Tony Quinn kiosk - I only noticed last weekend that it was gone. It'd been there years! I only ever saw two people working there, the aforementioned woman and a guy with a grey moustache. They must have worked all the hours there. Would be pushed to remember ever seeing a customer in there either.

    Anybody got any ideas when Krispy Kreme is meant to open?

    October, sometime


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,315 ✭✭✭ daymobrew


    When did Maplins close?

    I saw an article from February that the company had gone into liquidation. When did the Blanchardstown store close?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 32 ✭✭✭ ilsilenzio


    About 2 weeks or so ago--- it had a 4/5/6 week "closing" down sale with reducing prices but even then the prices were a bit on the higher side. I liked the range and ability to feel the product but they were far too expensive. I believe they were set up as a mail order type business, but got caught out in the "bricks and mortar" public retail approach.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 10,696 Mod ✭✭✭✭ miamee


    I see that a new shop, RITUALS has opened between Pamela Scott and Diffneys upstairs in the Blue Mall.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,723 ✭✭✭ LorenzoB


    Did Gateway Pcs have a unit?


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 10,696 Mod ✭✭✭✭ miamee


    I think it used to be CompuB or something like that? Not too sure to be honest.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,003 ✭✭✭ 1800_Ladladlad


    You would think someone poured water on Rituals after midnight at this stage the are popping up and out everywhere


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