Dublin port to get container "Covent Garden"

Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:52am EST
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By Andras Gergely

DUBLIN, Feb xx (Reuters Life!) - It's a dreary landscape most people just drive through on their way to the nearby Dublin Port.

But one entrepreneur has plans to make them stop by turning it into a bustling market to rival London's Covent Garden.

Point Village Market, to be built on land lying idle after recession scuttled a scheme for a shopping center, will house stalls not under a graceful canopy, but in shipping containers surrounded by abandoned warehouses.

The property developer who has backing from the government-run Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) insists this makeshift approach won't be "a million miles away from Covent Garden."

It should eventually be converted into something more permanent once the property sector recovers enough.

"We're trying to figure out how long will the bad times last, when will the good times roll," Harry Crosbie said. "About two years we reckon."

Crosbie said he had already signed up enough retailers to run 150 stalls in containers piled on top of each other, with well-known brands at the top and the "ground floors" given to local sellers and startups.

They won't just be any old shipping containers, he said.   Continued...