Dunnes Stores

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Dunnes Stores, also known as Dunnes, is a supermarket and clothing retail chain, that is based in Dublin, Ireland.

The chain primarily sells food, clothes and household wares. In addition to its main customer base in Ireland, the chain has operations in Great Britain and Spain. The format of the chain's stores include a grocery supermarket operating alongside a clothing/textiles store. The grocery operation only operates in Irish stores and some Northern Irish stores, although some limited grocery ranges can be found in the Spanish stores. However some stores contain only textiles, while some (more rarely) contain only a supermarket.

Many products are sold under the St. Bernard brand.


The Patrick Street store opened on the 31st March 1944, in Cork City. On opening day, such was the demand to shop at the new store, GardaĆ­ were called to control the crowds of shoppers. The sheer pressure of the crowd forced a window in. No one was seriously injured.

Early ads for the Patrick Street store emphasised Ben Dunne's promise of 'Better Value' which was emblazoned on the side of the building.

Following on the success of Patrick Street, a second store opened on the North Main Street of Cork in 1947. This was followed by openings in Waterford, Mallow, Limerick and Wexford. The first store in Dublin opened in Henry Street in 1957. This was followed by a 'super-store' in South Great Georges Street in 1960. Advertisements boasted that this was a personal choice store with...
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