Dundrum Town Centre
" Dundrum Town Centre" is the name of a shopping centre located in Dundrum, in Dublin, Ireland. It is Ireland's largest shopping centre with over 160 tenants, more than 80,000 square metres of floor space and over 3,400 car parking spaces. One of Europe's largest capital city-based shopping centres, it is located just south of the town centre of Dundrum, on the site of the former Pye television factory in a relatively built-up suburban area. Since opening, over 70 million people have visited Dundrum Town Centre.

History

Opening day
Dundrum Town Centre was opened on Thursday morning, 3 March 2005. Over 5,000 people queued in the main square. Local clergy blessed the centre before the opening.

Phases
The second phase of the centre opened in September 2005. On 23 September 2005 the first Irish branch of Harvey Nichols opened. This is the anchor for a "fashion district". A cinema - Movies@Dundrum - opened on 30 September 2005. A third phase included the addition of more retail units, several restaurants, a theatre ( The Mill Theatre Dundrum), a health centre and apartments. Hamleys toystore opened in October 2008 at the Pembroke District of the Centre.

Name
"Dundrum Town Centre" was originally a local government term, defined by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, before the shopping centre was built. It was described as "the area between the LUAS line, the Dundrum Relief Road, the Taney Rd./Upper Churchtown Rd. junction and the Wyckham By-Pass Route. It is mainly zoned for Town Centre uses, but with some parts zoned residential." The shopping centre was built under the provisions of the Urban Structure Plan for Dundrum Town Centre.

Tenants
Dundrum lists over 160 tenants ranging from high fashion to restaurants to a cinema. Some of the larger retail tenants include Tesco Ireland, Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, Next, Karen Millen, Harvey Nichols, GAP, Timberland and Penney's. Tesco also operate a petrol station at the shopping centre. A full list of tenants is available on the shopping centre's website.

Parking
There is no free parking at the centre, and a fee is charged for both the Tesco surface car park, and the underground car parks. Tesco provide a limited period of free parking (2 hours) if €30 is spent in the supermarket and the parking ticket is presented at the checkout.

Public transport
The centre is served by the Luas green line, the closest station is Balally but it also close to Dundrum station itself. It is also served by Dublin Bus routes 14, 14A, 17, 44, 48, 48N (Nitelink)and 75

Opening hours
Most shops in the centre are usually open 09:00 - 21:00 Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 19:00 on Saturdays and 10:00 - 19:00 on Sundays. The cinema and many restaurants, cafés and bars in the Town Square and Pembroke District are open much later. Tesco is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - as is its petrol station. In December, opening hours are extended in almost all stores, with the centre open from 08:00 - 00:00 on weekdays before Christmas.

Media
Dundrum South FM 93.9 is a local BCI-licensed community based radio station for South Dublin. It started broadcasting in 1996 from the old PYE centre, and also broadcast from Rathfarnham. It is now broadcast from its new studios in the Dundrum Town Centre. About 60 volunteers produce and broadcast 35 hours of programmes each week. Transitions students from local schools also get involved, as well as media students. RTÉ Radio also have a studio on the top floor in the centre. There is also an in-house TV station, Dundrum Television, operated by RTÉ.

Future
A Hollister Co. shop will open in July 2011 on floor 2 replacing Sheerans Jeweller, Genius and Faith Shoes. It will be the first Hollister outlet in Ireland.

Awards
At the end of 2009, Dundrum Town Centre had won 30 national and international awards since opening. In 2009, Dundrum Town Centre was awarded "Shopping Centre of the Year" for the third year running at the FBD Retail Excellence Awards, as voted by shopping centre retailers throughout Ireland. On Friday, 27 April 2007, Dundrum Town Centre was named as the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centres) European Shopping Centre of the year for 2007 at their European conference in Warsaw. Shopping Centres throughout Europe were visited and judged as part of a rigorous adjudication system, which has as its criteria: Tenant Mix, Community Integration, Vision, Customer Service Ethos, Management Systems and Sustainability. From an initial list of 24, a short list of 3 were chosen, which included Shopping Centre Sello in Finland (84,000 sq m), Silesia City Centre, in Poland (65,000 sq m) and Dundrum Town Centre (79,000 sq m).

Competition
The centre competes with Dublin city centre and with The Park Carrickmines, The Square, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre and Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in west Dublin.

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