Dublin’s most vibrant shopping environments
Jervis Shopping Centre, which celebrated its 21st birthday recently, has long established itself as one of Dublin’s most successful and vibrant shopping environments.
Located on Dublin’s busiest shopping street, Mary Street, the Shopping Centre is home to a wide range of stores offering fashion, leisure, technology as well as a growing selection of dining options for visitors to enjoy. In recent years, the Centre has deepened its fashion credentials by attracting the biggest New Look in the world, Ireland’s newest Topshop, Dublin’s only Stradivarius and with new brands like Best Menswear and Vila now open, there will soon be even more reasons for fashion lovers to visit.
Arriving at Jervis Shopping Centre could not be more convenient from the Dublin Citi Hotel – you can walk there within 10 minutes or the Jervis Luas stop is right at the entrance to the Centre. For those preferring to drive, the Centre’s very modern car park offers 750 car spaces. The opening hours depend on the day but generally are around 9 a.m. (11 a.m. on Sundays) to 6:30 p.m.
The centre was built on a 12,000 m2 (3-acre) former hospital site, which was bought in 1994 at a cost of £5.97 million. The centre was built at a cost of £76 million. Most of the facade of the former Hospital has been retained and incorporated into the Shopping Centre. Jervis Shopping Centre opened in 1996 and extends to 37,000 sq.m. The centre was originally anchored by Debenhams, M&S and Tesco, and boasts 750 Car Parking spaces. The property is strategically located on Mary /Henry Street, one of Irelands busiest high streets. Since 1996 Jervis Shopping Centre has established itself as Dublin’s most successful and vibrant shopping environment.
Although its main entrance is on Mary Street, the centre is named for Jervis Street Hospital on whose site it was built following the hospital’s closure in the late 1980s. The existing Marks and Spencer store on Mary Street was incorporated into the new centre, with the other anchor tenants being Quinnsworth (now Tesco) and New Look in the unit formerly occupied by Debenhams.
The centre is notable in that, as the first major shopping centre opened during the economic boom of the late 1990s, it marked the first appearance of many British ‘high street’ retailers in the Republic of Ireland. These included Boots, Dixons, Debenhams, Next, and Argos among others, which have gone on to become major names in the main streets of Ireland. This contrasted with existing Irish shopping centres at the time which were usually anchored by local names such as Dunnes, Roches Stores (since taken over by Debenhams), and Penneys. Not all of the new arrivals were successes: British Home Stores opened a store in 1996 having previously sold all of its Irish interests to Primark; however, the outlet was not a success and was later sold to Heatons.