‘Tomorrow will be Different: Retailing in a Changing Environment’

  • Round table with panel of international experts to address the most pressing needs of the Irish retail sector.
  • Launch in DIT of the ‘Arthur Ryan Retail Centre’ Ireland’s first specialist centre of retail research that will provide pragmatic information, education and services to enhance the retail sector.

Date: Friday, 28th September, 2012
Time: From 12 noon (Please see detailed schedule below)
Venue: DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2


On Friday, 28th September, 2012 a new centre for Retail Excellence is to be established in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), with funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation.  The Foundation has pledged €1.1 million towards the building of the centre on the new DIT campus at Grangegorman.  The Centre will be named The Arthur Ryan Retail Centre, in recognition of the contribution of founder of Penneys/Primark, Arthur Ryan to retail innovation.

The Garfield Weston Foundation was established by the Weston family, whose business interests include a majority stake in Associated British Foods, which in turn is home to  the international retailer Primark, trading as Penneys in Ireland.  Penneys opened its first store in Ireland in 1969, and the business has gone on to develop 247 stores in eight countries, now employing in excess of 43,000 people.

The ‘Arthur Ryan Retail Centre’ will be the first centre of its kind in Ireland.  The centre will be an interface between academia and the retail sector and will contribute towards the development of sustainable retail policy, effective retail education and supportive retail services for the retail and services community.

Following the official launch of the Centre, from 12 noon to 1pm DIT will host a Round Table Discussion headed up by a number of key practitioners and academics in the area of 'Retailing in a Changing Environment'.

Guest Speakers include:

  • Dr. Kyle Murray, Marketing Professor University of Alberta, Canada and Author of ‘The Retail Value Proposition’
  • Bobby Kerr, Irish Entrepreneur and businessman
  • Dr. Tony Hernandez, Director & Eaton Chair in Retailing Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity, Ryerson University
  • David Shaw, European School of Economics, London, UK, Fashion Retailing & Marketing Consultant, Educator, and Author

In the afternoon, from 2.00pm – 5.00pm, there will be a Retail Symposium where invited academics will present their research on retailing for the future.


12 noon -1.00pm

Round Table Discussion ‘Tomorrow will be Different: Retailing in a Changing Environment’

Room 2046, 2nd Floor,

DIT Aungier Street


Retail Symposium - Invited academics present their research on retailing for the future

Room 2046, 2nd Floor,

DIT Aungier Street


Ms Dee Duffy

Arthur Ryan Retail Centre | Centre Manager

Programme Director | Fashion Buying & Management

Dublin Institute of Technology

Aungier Street

PH: +353-(0)1-402-3214

E: dee.duffy@dit.ie

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