They’re Big On Your Community


From top: Dalymount today; Dalymount under new plans and Tesco, Phisborough

The Scarlet Phibsbernel writes:

Phibsboro’s long awaiting redevelopment of Dalymount Park, the hated Phibsboro Shopping Centre and hotly anticipated new village plaza – is in jeopardy thanks to a supermarket empowered by the custom of the community whose improvement it strangles. This particular branch is among the most profitable and under-invested in the country.

Doubts swirl over Dalymount Park redevelopment as Tesco objects (Laura Lynott,


Ah here.

Apt, in fairness.

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20 thoughts on “They’re Big On Your Community

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Absolutely. Whoever let them into Ireland should be shot. The state of their stores in working class areas – I’m convinced they dump their aged stock from other stores into them.

      1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

        Clearwater is in a working class area and it’s top notch but I wouldn’t be that familiar with their other stores.

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          The one in Ballyfermot is rotten. It’s stuffed with frozen processed food, slabs of beer and cider and damn all veg and fruit. I’m no Jamie Oliver but I think supermarkets have a role to play in healthy food choices.

          1. Spaghetti Hoop

            Yes. And yes, they’re all fat. Tesco are facilitating the Fat Age.
            This is not pukka by any standards.

        2. Scundered

          Clearwater is the only store where I’ve witnessed middle aged women having a proper fist fight over queue jumping.

          It was great.

  1. Roger Opinions

    Why is watching bad soccer better than a needed and much used local store that everybody can and is benefiting from?

    I’m backing food over sitting in a glorified cow shed watching niche Sunday league city sport.

    1. Iwerzon

      It’s not bad soccer – I sort of like soccer (prefer GAA) and I watch it from time to time. I don’t have a ‘team’ (this translates as an English premier league team I have observed while living in Dublin). I have however watched a lot of League of Ireland in the last 2 years on d’telly and I have to say it’s the closest thing to real English soccer I watched on the telly as a kid (Jimmy Hill era me), edgey with nothing to loose or gain. I’m going to my 1st Bohs game next month (my 1st L of I game) – they play Dundalk whose team and manager are fantastic I think.

    1. Royal M

      Tesco’s ability to transform all of their stores into equally dystopian, seizure-inducing morgues is nothing short of astounding. Even if they opened a store in the Palace of Versailles, it would still look like an Albanian prison. GO ON THE BOHS

  2. eoin

    Why would Tesco be objecting to the redevelopment?

    “However, Tesco told The Irish Times that it has not made any fresh demands of the developer. It argues that the current design would see it unable to receive deliveries.”

    So Tesco wouldn’t be able to receive deliveries under the proposed design? Wouldn’t that be fatal to a grocery business? Why doesn’t the developer, the questionable MM Capital, just keep a delivery area or design a new delivery area? Fuppin’ developers, wha?

    1. SOQ

      Maybe they are closet lovers of brutalised architecture? That building is as brutal as they come.

      Also as others have commented, terrible range of products.

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