Dublin port to get container market "Covent Garden"

Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:41am EST
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By Andras Gergely

DUBLIN (Reuters Life!) - A dreary landscape most people drive through on the way to the nearby Dublin Port is set to become a "Covent Garden" market made of shipping containers.

Point Village Market, to be built on land lying idle after the 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," the central London market visited by tourists and shoppers from around the world.

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.

"They are going to be beautifully lit and have a sequencing light show," Crosbie told public radio RTE.   Continued...