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Irish giant Dunnes aims to double UK stores in ambitious expansion plan

Irish food and home retailer Dunnes is seeking up to 40 UK stores amid ambitious plans to more than double its presence here.

According to Retail Week, Irish fashion, food and home retailer Dunnes is seeking up to 40 UK stores amid ambitious plans to more than double its presence here.

Dunnes is talking to property agents in a bid to expand its fledgling British business, Retail Week understands.

Sources have indicated that Dunnes, which is the third biggest grocer in Ireland, could seek to buy a number of UK stores in one deal. One of Dunnes’ biggest rivals in Ireland, Marks & Spencer is shutting some shutting some of its UK stores and they are likely to be on the Irish retailer’s hit list, a source said.

Dunnes is also likely to be attracted to BHS stores.

Dunnes operates 34 shops in the UK, largely in Northern Ireland where it has 23 stores.

It also has five in Scotland and six in England, including sites in Manchester, Leeds and Northampton. None of those have a food proposition despite the retailer’s grocery success in Ireland.

It is not yet known whether its new UK stores would include a food offer.

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