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Arnotts to axe 580 jobs during new store construction

Arnotts, the Dublin based department store, will shed 580 jobs during the construction phase of the new Northern Quarter and its new store.

Arnotts will relocate its fashion, cosmetics, accessories and homeware departments to the former Debenhams store in the Jervis Centre this summer when it kick starts its massive redevelopment of its Henry Street site and the surrounding Northern Quarter area. It will also open a dedicated furniture and home shop in the Boyers store on North Earl street in August.

The construction phase will begin later this year and will be completed in 2012. During the construction phase 580 jobs in Arnotts will be cut back from the current employment level of around 950. However the building phase of the new Northern Quarter will create 1,000 construction jobs and the completed redevelopment will see the creation of around 5,000 jobs. Total staffing at Arnotts will grow to 1,200 when the new store in the Northern Quarter development opens.

Arnotts said it was hopeful that the majority of staff redundancies would be voluntary.

Richard Nesbitt, chairman of Arnotts said: "The decision to close Arnotts on Henry Street during the Northern Quarter build, and reduce staffing levels accordingly, is one that has not been taken lightly, but with regret, both in relation to staff and customers. Having looked at all of the options available to us, it was determined that moving to the Jervis Centre site and the conversion of the Boyers site are the only feasible actions."

He added: "We look forward to getting back to the new Arnotts providing much higher levels of employment and to creating many additional jobs at the Norhtern Quarter. The highly ambitious Northern Quarter project is set to transform this part of Dublin city centre, and will have a long lasting impact on the area both in terms of employment, customer experience and facilities."

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