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John Lewis to open first overseas store in Dublin

John Lewis is set to open its first store outside the UK in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

The department store will be the first John Lewis shop in the Republic of Ireland, and will be located in Chartered Land's proposed O'Connell Street scheme, called Dublin Central, scheduled to open in 2013.

John Lewis will trade from a 250,000 sq ft space spread over five levels. The group is investing €50 million in Ireland, and the whole development is set to create over 800 new jobs in Dublin.

The Dublin department store will form part of the company's existing expansion plans to double the size of its business in the next ten years.

John Lewis director of retail design development Gareth Thomas said: "Today's announcement is significant for John Lewis in that it marks the first move by John Lewis to a location outside the United Kingdom. We look forward to developing our presence in the Irish market."

Another John Lewis store in Ireland is planned for the Sprucefield Centre near Lisburn, in Northern Ireland.

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