Chemist Warehouse opens first European store
Discount pharmacy retailer Chemist Warehouse has opened its first European store in Dublin’s Westend Shopping Park.
A market leader in Australia, the retailer has taken 5,000 square feet of space and is understood to have agreed deals for two further Dublin stores which will open in 2021. It is then planning to roll out a range of other shops across the country.
Chemist Warehouse operates over 460 stores across Australia, New Zealand and China.
A spokesperson for Chemist Warehouse, said: “Ireland was always going to be a great fit for Chemist Warehouse, with similar demographics to Australia. We saw an opportunity to give the Irish customer affordable healthcare and leading brands at the best price. We didn’t anticipate arriving in Ireland just as a pandemic hit, however, now more than ever, consumers want the best value possible.”
Situated in the Blanchardstown district of Dublin, Westend is also home to retailers such as Nike Factory Store, Argos, Next and Lidl.
Kevin Sweeney, director at Savills Ireland, said: “For a ground-breaking retailer such as Chemist Warehouse to choose Ireland as their first European market is genuinely exciting. It is a great boost to the entire retail market to see a new brand push ahead with store openings given the current conditions.
“We know how strongly this brand trades in Australia and how it is a proven attraction for all customers. We think Chemist Warehouse will soon be a household name with Irish consumers and we are delighted to be part of making that happen.”
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