Irish retailing giant Dunnes Stores is preparing to launch an online store for grocery, according to the Sunday Business Post newspaper.
Dunnes will go head to head with retail giant Tesco in the online grocery sector. Tesco has 28 per cent of the Irish grocery market compared to Dunnes’s 23 per cent.
The newspaper says that the retailer has already started to hire staff for the online business. Dunnes has begun "sounding out potential key staff" who are currently working for several online retailers based in Ireland, reported the Sunday newspaper.
|A current grocery offer from Dunnes|
Founder Ben Dunne Snr. opens the first Dunnes Stores shop on Patrick Street in Cork.
A second store opens on the North Main Street in Cork. This was followed by store opening in Mallow, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford.
The first Dublin store opens on Henry Street.
A superstore opens on South Great Georges Street in Dublin. Grocery is introduced to stores during this decade.
There are nine stores in operation in Dublin, 95 per cent of the business is in drapery.
Ben Dunne sees the potential for an out-of-town shopping centre in the Dublin suburb of Cornelscourt.
The first Dunnes Stores opens in Northern Ireland - Bangor.
More expansion in Northern Ireland when a chain of eleven grocery stores comes on the market.
The first Spanish venture opens in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
Dunnes Stores expands into England.
Dunnes now has 152 stores in Ireland, the UK and Spain.
There are six stores in England:
Bradford, Heywood, Leeds, Northampton Salford and Tamworth.
There are also five stores in Scotland:
Clydebank, Cumbernauld, Glasgow, Glenrothes and Parkhead.
Dunnes operates six retail stores in Spain:
Coín, Fuengirola, Larios, Mijas Costa and Vélez Malaga.
The group's headquarters are located in Dublin city centre.
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