DUNNES HEADQUARTERS - STEPHEN STREET, DUBLIN
The chain was founded in 1944 in Cork by Ben Dunne, Snr, as a clothing retailer. The food side of the business began in the 1960s. The company opened the first Irish out-of-town shopping centre at Cornelscourt, Co. Dublin, in 1966.
The company is particularly known for the lockout /strike to the retail workers Union) refused to handle goods sourced from apartheid South Africa. Neither side would give way and the dispute only came to an end when the Irish Government made imports from South Africa illegal.
On 12 July 2007 the company opened a new flagship textiles-only store in Henry Street, Dublin. This store is branded simply as "Dunnes" on external signage rather than "Dunnes Stores", as is the company's store at Citywest, opened in September 2007. On 24 October 2007 Michael Heffernan confirmed that the company would be rebranding as simply "Dunnes".