Sky is set to open four brand new flagship stores, with the first store opening today in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin. The three other stores – at Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick, Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork and Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin – will all open their doors to customers in the coming weeks.
The opening of Sky’s four new stores represents the company’s largest ever investment in retail in Ireland and includes the creation of 30 new jobs, with roles in managerial and customer advisor positions being created. Today’s announcement also comes following Sky’s recent announcement that it will be entering the Irish mobile market next year.
Sky’s new flagship stores have been developed to give customers the opportunity to fully experience Sky’s award-winning products and offerings, as well as innovative new products that will launch in Ireland in due course. Sky store teams will also be able to facilitate customer purchases and customer support.
Speaking at the opening of Sky’s new store in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Sky Ireland CEO, JD Buckley, said: “Our retail network has played an important role in the growth of the Sky business in Ireland for a number of years. As we continue to innovate and expand our customer offering, our new flagship stores in Dublin, Cork and Limerick will give customers the opportunity to get the full Sky experience across all of our innovative products and services. We are delighted to be opening these stores in fantastic, landmark locations and we are looking forward to welcoming 30 new recruits to the 1,000 strong Sky team in Ireland.”
The opening of these flagship stores in Ireland also follows the success of the multiple retail stores that have opened across the UK over the past 2 years, with the first UK store opening its doors in Liverpool in October 2020.
The brand-new Blanchardstown store, which opens today, covers 3,000 square feet with the three remaining stores averaging at approximately 1,500 square feet per store.
Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of the Comcast group. Across six countries, we connect our 23.4 million customers to the best entertainment, sports, news, arts and to our own award-winning original content.
Our technology, including the market leading Sky Q, connects people to everything they love – with entertainment from Sky TV, Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video, and apps like Spotify, YouTube, ROXi, Highbrow, Fiit, and more, in one place, easy. Our streaming service, NOW, brings viewers all the enjoyment of Sky with the flexibility of a contract-free service.
Building on the success of Sky Originals like Chernobyl, Bulletproof and Brassic, we are doubling our investment in original content by 2024 through Sky Studios. Sky News provides impartial and trustworthy journalism for free and Sky Sports, our leading sports broadcasting service brings customers some of the biggest and best global sporting events from the Premier League to Formula 1 and everything in between. Our new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, which will open in 2022, is expected to create over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK over the first five years.
We believe that we can be a force for good in the communities in which we operate. We’re committed to being Europe’s first net zero carbon entertainment company by 2030 and we’re proud to be a Principal Partner and Media Partner of COP26. We take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion: we’ve been recognised by The Times and Stonewall for our commitment to diversity, and we’ve set ambitious 2025 targets to continue to increase diversity and representation. We’re also committed to investing £30million across our markets over three years to improve our approach to diversity and inclusion, and to tackle racial injustice.
Sky employs just under 1000 people in Ireland with over 750 of those based at its Head Office in Burlington Road in Dublin. As part of our Sky Cares programme, we recently teamed up with Age Action to support the charity in its mission to achieve fundamental change in the lives of older people. In September 2021, Sky Ireland became Primary Partner of the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team.