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Shop 'til you drop: 9 photos that show the varied architecture of Dublin's shopping streets

Ready, steady, shop!

AMONG DUBLIN’S EVER-CHANGING streetscape, few things remain the same. Stores come and go, shopfronts change and scaffolding shows signs of new things to come.

However, there are a number of stores that have stayed somewhat the same throughout it all, cementing themselves as icons on Dublin city’s streets.

From Henry Street to Grafton Street, we’ve rounded up Dublin department stores that our streets wouldn’t be the same without…

1. First opened as McSwiney, Delaney & Co in 1853, the current Clerys building was erected in 1922

2. Chances are you’ll have seen Arnotts’ 175th anniversary celebrations last year, with the building holding pride of place on Henry Street since 1843

3.  The first Dublin Dunnes Stores branch opened on Henry Street in 1957, although it looks quite different now

4. Formerly Roches Stores, Debenhams’ modern design contrasts greatly to that of Arnotts, which is just across the street

5. Tucked away past Debenhams is north Dublin city institution, the Ilac Shopping Centre, which opened in 1981

6. Built on a former hospital site, Jervis Shopping Centre (which opened in 1996) retains much of the structure’s original architecture, which can be seen from the Abbey Street entrance

7. The very first store of its kind, Penneys opened on Mary Street in 1969 and maintains much of its original exterior

8. Moving over to Grafton Street, the building we know now as Brown Thomas was called Switzer’s until 1995

9. Tying in with the above, Marks & Spencer on Grafton Street was home of the original Brown Thomas store

More: Art attack: A tour of 9 pieces of impressive street art around Dublin city

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