domosullivan wrote:re: footlocker - What is wrong with Cummins Sports and Finns Corner?
re: Dixons - Soundstore and Flor Griffin?
You may have a point but in terms of retail I am not sure I want Cork to become another Leicester/Derby/Belfast/etc. I live in the UK and find the average regional high street to be extremely boring. I love coming home to Cork and see some "retail independence" ,
Though I agree the city centre needs to facilitate more prime city centre retail space - I don't agree with the logic that to be consider a decent retail centre, you need to have a certain list of names or brands like Footlocker, Dixons or whatever. Indeed, increases in choice are always welcome but I don't see, how for example, if Dublin has a Starbucks - Cork has to also. To me, that simply makes a city seem less distinctive and among a pattern of replicas. Indeed, fashion retail in Cork - for example - could certainly do with more input as the choice in the city centre can be restrictive at times and the regularity of the same old places with the same old products in themselves become repetitive. A healthy retail area can sufficiently support both big brand names and local enterprises. For those establishments that have become lazy and uninventive, I say bring in the brand names, but it I don't think they're a prerequisite to a city's success. That said, I look forward to seeing increased choice in the form of stores such as H&M, Habitat and believe it or not - in the not too distant future, Abercrombie & Fitch may be landing on our shores! Cornmarket Street, Grand Parade, Academy Street and others should help rectify the restrictive city centre space availabilities. And in time, the docklands areas will assist helpfully too.