July 31, 2021
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A new chapter: Well-known Wicklow business Dubray Books bought by Eason in multi-million euro deal

Well-known Wicklow business Dubray Books has been sold to Eason in a mulit-million euro deal.

Founded in 1973 by Helen Clear, it was originally known as Bray Bookshop and was located on the Quinsboro Road before it moved to its current location on the Main Street.

In 1988 Mrs Clear sold the business to her daughter- and son-in-law, Gemma and Kevin Barry, with eight shops around the country, including Galway, Blackrock, Liffey Valley, Grafton Street, Rathmines, Stillorgan and Dun Laoghaire in Dublin as well as Bray.

Dubray employs about 90 people, has annual sales of over €9m and generates operating profits of roughly €0.7m.

Under the terms of the deal, Dubray will continue to operate in its current format as a stand-alone division within Eason under the Dubray brand.

The current Dubray management team, led by Maria Dickenson, will continue to operate the Dubray stores.

Founded in 1866, Eason is the country’s oldest book retailer.

“As a specialist book retailer, Dubray reaches a different customer audience to Eason and the brand will therefore complement the wider Eason offering,” Liam Hanly, CEO of the Eason Group, said.

Dubray’s Gemma Barry said that after nearly 50 years in business, the transition in ownership to Eason is a logical step for the business and will secure the future of the Dubray brand as a specialist book retailer.

“Eason’s commitment to the Dubray brand and store estate is a great reflection on the quality and passion of our people, our loyal customer base and compelling retail proposition. I look forward to seeing the business continue to flourish under Eason’s ownership,” she added.


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