Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin City

Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin City

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The Jervis Shopping Centre is a major shopping centre in the City of Dublin, Ireland. The shopping centre opened in 1996 and is located on the north side of the River Liffey, bordered by Jervis Street, Upper Abbey Street, Mary Street, and Liffey Street.

The centre was built on a 12,000m2 former hospital site. The centre was built at a cost of £76 million.#
Most of the facade of the former Hospital has been retained and incorporated into the Shopping Centre.
Although its main entrance is on Mary Street, the centre is named for the Jervis Street Hospital, Dublin on whose site it was built following the hospital's closure in the late 1980s. The existing Marks and Spencer store on Mary Street was incorporated into the new centre, with the other anchor tenants being Quinnsworth (now Tesco) and New Look in the unit formerly occupied by Debenhams.
 
The centre is notable in that, as the first major shopping centre opened during the economic boom of the late 1990s, it marked the first appearance of many British 'high street' retailers in the Republic of Ireland. These included Boots, Dixons, Debenhams, Next, and Argos among others, which have gone on to become major names in the main streets of Ireland. This contrasted with existing Irish shopping centres at the time which were usually anchored by local names such as Dunnes, Roches Stores (since taken over by Debenhams), and Penneys.
 
The centre was one of the first to introduce the food court concept to Ireland, with outlets including KFC, Spud U Like, and Harry Ramsdens. Other major restaurants in the centre include Burger King.
The success of the centre also led to its rival, the 1980s-built Ilac Shopping Centre giving its appearance a complete modernisation. This was completed in mid-2008.

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