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Dunnes Stores Objects To Plans For 'Kiosk Zone' In Shopping Centre

Dunnes Stores has reportedly lodged an objection with Fingal council to voice its concern about the creation of a new kiosk zone proposed for Blanchardstown Shopping centre.

The retailer, which is one of the shopping centre’s anchor tenants, said the plan will 'clutter' the whole mall, reports Fora.ie

At the start of this year, Blanchardstown centre applied for planning permission to create the areas including up to '54 commercial kiosk stalls inside the shopping hub, which would represent a gross floor area of nearly 1,000 sq m, more than doubling the 463 sq m currently taken up by existing kiosks in the venue'.

“The applicant is seeking carte-blanche permission to locate retail and service kiosks throughout Blanchardstown Centre,” Dunnes said in its submission.

The Irish retailer added that the 'new kiosks would obstruct and reduce consumers’ ability to see the entrances to the Dunnes store on the first and second floors'.

“A large kiosk zone will introduce unnecessary obstructions and clutter to the centre’s internal pedestrian mall which will obscure sight-line across the mall and will reduce the centre’s legibility," it said.

“Overall, it is considered the kiosk zone as proposed will have a negative impact on centre’s shopping environment rather than a positive impact as suggested in the applicant’s planning application.”

© 2018 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Donna Ahern. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition.

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