Great Out­doors mov­ing over to South Great Ge­orge’s Street

Cloth­ing and equip­ment sup­plier to open flag­ship store next to Five Guys

The Irish Times - Business - - COMMERCIAL PROPERTY -

Great Out­doors, Dublin’s lead­ing sup­plier of out­door cloth­ing and equip­ment, is to re­lo­cate from Chatham Street to South Great Ge­orge’s Street, where it has leased an ex­ten­sive new store next to Five Guys fast-food restau­rant.

The com­pany has agreed a rent in the re­gion of €350,000 for a spa­cious 696sq m (7,500sq ft) store, which will al­low it to stock an even larger range of out­door cloth­ing and equip­ment.

Great Out­doors, which was launched 42 years ago, is owned and man­aged by Ken Costi­gan and Derek Mooney. It has 40 em­ploy­ees. Ac­cord­ing to Costi­gan, the move to Ge­orge’s Street al­lows Great Out­doors to open a flag­ship store in an iconic lo­ca­tion to of­fer a much bet­ter shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence and a first-class work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Great Out­doors was first opened in 1976 by Gerry Collins, who com­peted in the 1972 Mu­nich Games, and Les­lie Lawrence, an­other sports en­thu­si­ast. They saw a gap in the mar­ket for a blos­som­ing ad­ven­ture-sport in­dus­try in Ire­land.

By the time Great Out­doors be­came a lim­ited com­pany in 1983, the fo­cus had shifted from one that cov­ered all sports, in­clud­ing foot­ball, to a much more ad­ven­ture-driven sports such as kayak­ing, surf­ing, scuba div­ing, moun­taineer­ing, ski­ing, back­pack­ing and rock climb­ing.

The sub­stan­tial block of build­ings on Chatham Street, in­clud­ing Great Out­doors, is owned by over­seas de­vel­oper Oak­tree, which has plan­ning per­mis­sion to re­de­velop a large part of the street.

Great Out­doors was ad­vised by Stephen Mur­ray of JLL. The Great Out­doors on Chatham Street.

PHOTOGRAPH: DONALL FARMER

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