Retail Ireland has revealed that over 70% of stores have responded to them to say they will be opening for St. Patricks day.
Retailers are hoping to cash in on the large crowds which will be pouring into towns and cities across the country to watch parades and enjoy the bank holiday weekend celebrations.
Usually most retailers shut their doors on St Patrick’s Day, but in Dublin at least 70% of stores have told Retail Ireland they are open for business.
January sales have been very disappointing for retailers and it is hoped the St. Patricks day celebrations can help give the industry a bounce.
Retail Ireland director Stephen Lynam says because Paddy’s day falls on a Saturday it makes sense for stores to stay open.
“The fact that St Patrick’s Day is a Saturday, which is usually the busiest shopping day of the week, and the fact that it falls the day before Mother’s Day has encouraged retailers around the country to open their doors,” he said.
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