Austins (department store)

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Austins department store, 2007

Austins is a department store located in the Diamond area of Derry in Northern Ireland. The store was established in 1830 and remains standing as Ireland's oldest.[1] It is the world's oldest independent department store. The domineering building measures 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) and is five stories high with an Edwardian-style exterior.


The ground floor of the store houses a mixture of cosmetics, fashion and accessories, with a new Hugo Boss man shop to the rear part of the floor. Overhanging the ground floor is a new fully licensed eatery – Café Mezzo. Occupying a mezzanine location, Café Mezzo specialises in contemporary eating in a table service setting.

The first floor, serviced as all floors by a lift and escalator, is the main fashion floor for ladies. On this floor there is also a spacious bridal suite containing two large and completely private dressing rooms.

The second floor of Austins sells crystal and homewares, gifts and bedding floor. Austin's specialises in wedding gift services and has an on-line ordering service and ordering point for the convenience of customers both in store and overseas. The second floor also houses the biggest Waterford Crystal department in Northern Ireland.

The third floor is home to the Roof Top restaurant, a 150-seat self-service restaurant. The restaurant provides a stunning view overlooking the city’s Diamond and beyond.


  1. ^ Austins in brief – the world's oldest independent department store Declan Hasson, Retrieved 2008-03-28

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Coordinates: 54°59′42″N 7°19′19″W / 54.995°N 7.322°W / 54.995; -7.322