The Grand Reopening
Since the grand reopening, retailers are reporting steady footfall in retail hubs across the country. With most businesses opening Monday last, retailers are positive about the reopening.
As reported in the Irish Times, the city centre’s average daily footfall climbed to more than 200,000 last week, encouraging signs as we build back to normal pre-COVID-19 levels. The city centre was experiencing an average footfall of 162,000 in early June.
Queues are still evident across many retail hubs and sectors. IKEA’s retailer’s marketing manager, Martyn Allen stated the typical wait is 30/40 minutes. He also reported storage items, summer furniture, pots and pans, candles and picture frames are in high demand.
Dundrum Town Centre managing director Don Nugent told the Irish Times, footfall in the shopping centre is steady and on an upward trajectory. The Town Centre is witnessing consumers spending more and gift card sales have been particularly strong.
Strong Sales in June
Woodie’s retailing outlets experienced a successful reopening in Ireland, setting a new record for monthly sales in June. Strong demand in June represented an important milestone on the road to recovery and growth was attributed to exceptional sales of seasonal products.
The Grafton group also reported home improvement specialists Chadwick’s recorded growth of 7.3% in average daily like-for-like revenue in June. This growth was mainly driven by strong demand in the repair, maintenance, and improvement segment of the housing market.
Tesco‘s long term sales analysis, provided by Clear Channel and dunnhumby Ireland, shows points of interest for consumer across lockdown. Measured between February 10th and June 17th, frozen foods gained a sales increase of 31%. Household cleaning products have been continually in demand with 28% increase in sales.
Appearance and hygiene were of high importance for consumers during lockdown with health and beauty product sales up by 13%.