Roches Stores, Henry Street, Dublin

Postby d_d_dallas » Mon Sep 29, 2003 1:21 pm

Hey - I made that comment ages ago! Zara were indeed sniffing at the Suffolk St BOI branch as a possible alternative. But great to hear they're coming sooner rather than later - I did see their recruitment ads for staff a while back and was wondering when a date would be announced for the opening. Hurrah! Henry St gets slightly more bearable!!
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Postby emf » Mon Sep 29, 2003 5:30 pm

Is this Zara really that special?, I hear loads of people at work here eulogising it too!!!
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Postby merriman mick » Mon Sep 29, 2003 9:48 pm

Zara is nothing special, we're talking Marks and Spencers quality. Mexx is much better quality and they have stores here.

Does anyone know when/ if the Ikea store is
ever going to materialize in Ireland ??
This country needs and deserves one.
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Postby sw101 » Tue Sep 30, 2003 1:14 am

not too good at the linking and such, but look at the two rendered images that accompanied the first post on this thread. personally i dont think they're accurately prtraying whats been built. wide perspectives and soft focus seem to accentuate the building, where the reality is so disappointing. i just wonder how much of a sell were such renders, and how much they were selectivel shown to planners to convince them of granting permission
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Postby Rory W » Tue Sep 30, 2003 8:58 am

Zara is nothing special, we're talking Marks and Spencers quality. Mexx is much better quality and they have stores here.


What makes Zara special is that they sell high quality clothes at reasonable prices and also have an amazing turnaround time for their products (6 weeks from initial design to shop). If they keep the pricing structure the way they have in the rest of europe they will wipe the floor with the competition.
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Postby d_d_dallas » Tue Sep 30, 2003 11:42 am

Exactly - any new trend appears in the shop almost before the ultra chic labels have them!

As for Mexx - pah!
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Sep 30, 2003 11:45 am

Not being particularly welldressed or interested, i quite liked the zara i visited in Barcelona.... the other half on the other hand cannot wait for the store to open....
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Postby Observer » Thu Oct 16, 2003 3:11 pm

So the clothes may look good but the building is cack!
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Postby what? » Thu Oct 16, 2003 3:24 pm

observer, modern buildings not lending themselves to public buildings, nice new cobbles, bad modern shop (ill agree with that one tho) ,

are you observing through the eyes of prince charles ?
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Postby Observer » Thu Oct 16, 2003 3:28 pm

Eah?
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Postby StephenC » Thu Oct 23, 2003 12:05 am

The revamped store is nearing completion... I think the opening date is Nov 4. Today they are laying paving around the store on Henry St. And guess what,while it is the high quality grantite slabs used on the street there is no effort to keep to the pattern used perviously of pink stone surrounded by granite.... attention to detail and all that.

Mind you an article in the City Life section of Tues Indo asked why we were spending such huge sums on lovely quality paving when the slabs were being sug up as quick and replaced with tarmac. And when you look at (the €2m repaved) Henry St you can see what the writer meant. Still at least its all level...unike our roads!! Well done lads!
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Postby GrahamH » Thu Oct 23, 2003 2:31 pm

Its the only street in the city thats a pleasure to walk on in terms of 'levelness', the row of cobbling along the shopfronts is also nice.

The speed at which Roches' interior is coming along is incredible, pity the same contractors weren't hired for Luas! And the new centered entrance al last gives something back to the street, as do the new windows and canopy.
And I have to admit, in the dark and rain yesterday, the building did look amazing in all of it's newness, the halogens inside sparking through the new glass corners and lights glittering through the projecting window at the top of the building.
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Postby d_d_dallas » Thu Oct 23, 2003 5:23 pm

Yeah - I was really impressed (again) by it the other day. Come back to me in six months though when the clean exterior has had a bit of exposure to Dublin's quality air.
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Postby Rory W » Tue Oct 28, 2003 4:27 pm

They've started to open up the interior of the building, new escalator atrium opens up the 5 floors of retails space quite well - still a bit of a mess down there but improving nicely.

Sure the store will be soleless but at least it will be 21st century soleless and not 1960s soleless that was there before!
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Postby GregF » Tue Oct 28, 2003 4:33 pm

Are people who initially shot it down now warming to it.
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Postby emf » Tue Oct 28, 2003 6:28 pm

I think it looks remarkable! As other people have mentioned I am kind of worried about how it will look a few years down the line when the concrete starts to deteriorate. There are so many concrete overhangs. I wonder will they have problems with falling masonary come 20-30 years like a few other buildings 'round the city atthe moment!!
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Postby GrahamH » Wed Oct 29, 2003 12:17 pm

I just like sparkly lights
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Postby what? » Wed Oct 29, 2003 1:24 pm

some parts of it are very cool for a shop (possibly too cool?) but its one of those buildings that pains you because it has some really nice parts and then the whole is let down by, either laziness or lack of design ability.

have to commend roches for putting in the effort, facade possibly too black for the street tho
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Postby redeoin » Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:10 pm

I have always liked the facade. People have compared it to an ocean liner. That is what I like about it!

The mass of scaffolding slowly growing over the Ilac centre is also good news. Hopefully they have come up with a really stylish replacement for the entire existing mall...
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Postby Cadman » Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:42 pm

Does anyone know who the contractor???
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Postby blue » Wed Oct 29, 2003 4:50 pm

Crampton are doing the Ilac. As for Roches I'm not sure.
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Postby GrahamH » Thu Oct 30, 2003 3:17 pm

Might be Pierse, not sure.
Was in there yesterday having a nose around - like everyone else - and was bowled over by a soaring new atrium going up the 4/5 floors of the shop, riddled with escalators etc.

Pretty impressive. Done on the cheap as all the floor edges and the undersides of the escalators are completly featureless, just clean-cut plaster. Other stores always put halogens or some type of snazzy lighting in these architectural spaces.
Dosn't look cheap though - they're using the 'less is more' excuse.
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Postby d_d_dallas » Thu Oct 30, 2003 5:03 pm

Roches do have a pretty good record with their interiors - a few years ago they gutted their flagship store (their 1st, the big yellow one in Cork) and created as Grahan described for the Henry Street one, a large atrium. Decent quality restaurant (quality of materials that is) and each concession given it's own look. A vast improvement on what it was before. They certainly compare more favourably over another Irish retailer...
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Postby Rory W » Tue Nov 04, 2003 4:03 pm

Visited there at lunchtime, Zara section opening next week but here are some pics
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