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bz are going to be at thomas street 1 may i cant wait here picture if anyone
going let me know and today fm be there too
Keith picks up a real bargain in Frawley's FAMILY AFFAIR: Boyzone star joins
forces with dad to re-open famous store
NEW VENTURE: Keith Duffy has taken over Frawley's with his dad, who worked
in the store for 30 years
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BOYZONE star Keith Duffy is
breeding new life into Dublin
institution "Frawleys" by
joining forces with his dad to re-open the store.
The Evening Herald can reveal how it's going to be a family affair for the
Dublin star as he joins his father Sean to launch a shop for clothes in
larger sizes on the site of Liberties institution.
There was huge sadness among the tight-knit southside community after the
familyowned store, which sold everything from lace curtains to communion
dresses, finished trading last June after 115 years.
Described as the end of an era when it shut up shop last summer, there were
some suggestions that the multi-million euro site would be used to build
Yet thanks to Keith's immediate family connections in the famous shop, the
store has now been re-opened under a new name 'Plus and Minus' and is also
gearing itself towards a slightly bigger market.
"My dad worked in Frawley's for more than 30 years as the buyer in the
menswear department and about ten years ago, he starting doing clothes for
bigger sizes, starting from XL and going all the way up and he found there
was a huge market for it," Keith explained.
"He's basically been working since he was 12 and when the news of Frawley's
closure first came out, he decided he wasn't ready to just retire so he
decided to take over the shop with two friends, including a woman named
Geraldine ? who was the buyer for the womenswear ? so they all have years of
experience between them. I'm one of the directors in the company and it's
been going really well."
And Keith's dad decided to stick with the familiar when it came to the new
store's merchandising as the shop's now specialising in plus size clothes
for men and women, alongside a separate section for babies.
"They're basically cool clothes for bigger people. My dad had a loyal client
base that used to come into Frawley's saying to him 'where are we going to
get our clothes once it closes?' A lot of the stuff are clothes that you
can't buy in your average high street store as it would be things like extra
large jackets and trousers with waists that go up to 60 inches," he
The singer, who'll join his fellow bandmates for the start of Boyzone's
reunion tour in London on May 30,
has admitted he was amazed at the reaction to the reopening from locals.
"We opened the shop last Friday and there was a queue a mile long out the
door with all the people waiting to get in, it was unbelievable," he added.
Now he's busy planning to give the store an A-list re-opening on Thursday
May 1. He's pulling in all his contacts from the showbiz world to ensure
there's a healthy helping of celebs at the launch party, including Boyzone
and a host of his You're A Star pals.
He has also revealed how a Dublin radio station will be broadcasting live
from the Thomas Street store on the day.
here the story annie i cant wait
21st Apr 2008, 14:26