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Updated: Retailers close all Irish branches as storm hits

Retailers including Primark, Dunnes Stores and Lidl closed all of their Irish stores on 16 October as hurricane Ophelia hits the country.

A red weather warning is in place across Ireland as the worst storm in 50 years hits the country.

Dunnes Stores, which is Ireland’s largest retailer and has 140 stores both north and south of the border, said it was closing due because of the health and safety risk to shoppers and staff.

In a message on Twitter the fashion and grocery business said: “Due to storm Ophelia – all Dunnes stores in ROI & Northern Ireland will be closed on Monday 16th October #Ophelia

“We sincerely apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused.

“Any further updates on the situation will be published via Twitter and Facebook and on http://dunnesstores.com.”

In a message on Facebook Primark said: ”We are closing all of our stores in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and our head office today, 16th October, due to Storm Ophelia. The safety of our people and our customers is our top priority. We will re-open tomorrow, 17th October.”

Supermarket chain Lidl has also closed all of its Irish branches.

Departments stores across the country are also closed.

In a message on social media Dublin department store Arnotts said: “Due to the adverse weather conditions Arnotts Department Store will remain closed today.”

Selfridges-owned Brown Thomas also kept its branches shut: “For the safety of our team and customers, our Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway stores will remain closed today. 

All branches of stationery and book retailer Easons will also remain closed in Ireland today.

Outside of the retail industry, all schools and colleges have also been closed, most public bus services have been suspended and many flights have been cancelled.

 

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