An iconic department store in Dublin could be transformed into a boutique hotel, if a new plan is given the go ahead by city officials.
The store Clerys could be given a new lease of life as a hotel complete with restaurants and bars, as its new owner hopes to ‘start a new chapter’ for the property.
New owners OCS Properties have applied to Dublin City Council to renovate the building, which would include developing a new ‘rooftop destination’ full of bars, restaurants and entertainment spaces.
The lower floors of the building will be used for retail, while the upper office floors will be opened up for letting to local and international companies.
OCS Properties also plans to restore the original feature stairs to reopen the former Clerys Tea Rooms, which was a popular feature for the store’s customers for decades previous.
OCS Properties director Deirdre Foley said: “O’Connell Street is the historical heart of our capital and deserves an iconic redevelopment like this.
“Our vision for this iconic building at the centre of O’Connell Street is a catalyst to restore the street as our most vibrant shopping and social hub for visitors and locals to enjoy and be proud of.”
However, not everyone is on side for the new venture, as former employees at Clerys have been angered by the move after they were reportedly made unemployed without notice.