// Frasers Group has purchased the former Debenhams in Dublin City Centre on Henry Street for its new Irish flagship
// Sports for Frasers Group managing director Ger Wright – “Dublin is a strategic market for the Group”
Sports for Frasers Group managing director Ger Wright commented: “Dublin is a strategic market for the Group, and this site will allow us to grow our presence in Ireland as we continue to expand and deliver our elevation strategy,”
“Not only does this acquisition bolster our commitment to the Irish market, but it further demonstrates our dedication to re-inventing retail and injecting new life into high streets across the UK & Europe. We are the leading destination for sportswear and are committed to bringing the very best brands, environment, and experience to key retail locations.”
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Last week, the group snapped up archrival JD Sports’ shares in 15 premium fashion businesses, including Pretty Green, Tessuti, Scotts and Cricket.
The deal, which will see it pay up to £47.5 million, will see the Flannels and Sports Direct owner buy JD’s shareholdings in a raft of upmarket clothing brands and the debt owing to the sportswear giant.
The divestment is the first major move made by new JD Sports CEO Régis Schultz and marks a reversal of JD’s strategy of building a portfolio of fashion brands.