Northside Shopping Centre

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Northside Shopping Centre
Northside Shopping Centre logo
LocationCoolock, Dublin
Coordinates53°23′45″N 6°12′49″W / 53.395761°N 6.213612°W / 53.395761; -6.213612Coordinates: 53°23′45″N 6°12′49″W / 53.395761°N 6.213612°W / 53.395761; -6.213612
AddressOscar Traynor Road
Opening date18 June 1970; 50 years ago (1970-06-18)
Management
  • Alan McCabe (Centre Manager)
  • Mindaugas Pasvenskis (Security Manager)
  • Caroline Sage (Customer Service)
OwnerAM Alpha
ArchitectStephenson Gibney & Associates
Parking600+[1]
Websitenorthsidesc.ie
The old logo, in use from 1970–2016

Northside Shopping Centre is a shopping centre located in Coolock, a suburban area in Dublin's Northside. One of the earliest shopping centres in Ireland, it was built in 1970 and is the only one with a swimming pool. It has been expanded and refurbished and renovated a number of times and passed through the hands of the National Asset Management Agency, before being sold to Patron Capital. Patron then sold the centre for a sum of €50 million in 2019 to German company Am Alpha

History[edit]

The centre was originally constructed in 1970 as an open-air facility, designed by Stephenson Gibney & Associates. It, along with Stillorgan Shopping Centre, which remained open-air for decades, was one of the first modern shopping centres in Ireland. The local authority, then Dublin Corporation, arranged for a municipal swimming pool, constructed above the shopping centre proper.

Renovations and extension in the 1980s and 2008 have covered most of Sam Stephenson's original open-space concept.[2]

In 2013 it was announced that a €5 million further refurbishment was about to commence in the centre.[3] This followed the loss of the anchor non-food store, a Dunnes Stores branch, and saw the arrival of new shops, including Heatons (with Sportsworld), new dining facilities, and a Well Woman Centre. The refurbishment was completed in late 2016 following a 2-phase modernisation of both interior and exterior.[4]

The centre was numbered among the property assets of NAMA, Ireland's post-recession National Asset Management Agency; it was subsequently sold to Patron Capital for €49m.[5]

Popular media[edit]

The branch of Paddy Power bookmakers in the car park was one of the venues visited in a Channel 4's Undercover Boss episode 3, season 4.[6]

Competition[edit]

Three other centres, Omni Park Shopping Centre, Artaine Castle Shopping Centre and Clarehall Shopping Centre, compete for business in the area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northside Shopping Centre". Savills Marketing Commercialisation and Research. 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  2. ^ "1970 – Northside Shopping Centre, Coolock, Dublin". Archiseek. 2015.
  3. ^ "€5m Investment for Northside Shopping Centre". Insider Media. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  4. ^ "It's celebration time at Northside Shopping Centre". Dublin People (newspaper). 16 October 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Nama sales so far and still to come". Project Drive. Irish Independent. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Series 4 - Episode 3 – William Reeve, Paddy Power". Channel 4. Retrieved 21 November 2016.

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