The post-pandemic fortunes of Grafton Street have received another boost with the decision of leading ‘athleisure’ brand, Lululemon to open a standalone store in the premises occupied formerly by Pamela Scott.
The Canadian fashion retailer is expected to open for business at 84 Grafton Street this October following the agreement of a new 10-year lease. Lululemon is understood to be paying a rent of about €400,000 per annum and will trade from 325sq m (3,498sq ft) of space distributed across the ground and first floors of the property, with the remainder of the accommodation being given over to ancillary or staff use.
While Lululemon has had a presence on Grafton Street since 2018, its operations have up to now been confined to a concession at Brown Thomas. The brand’s new standalone premises meanwhile comprise a high-profile four-storey over-basement building with a feature double-height glazed shop front. Number 84 occupies one of the best positions on Grafton Street at its Duke Street junction, and is surrounded by a number of premium occupiers including Brown Thomas, Marks & Spencer, Space NK, Rituals, & Other Stories and Victoria’s Secret.