U.S.-based books and entertainment retailer Borders Group will open its first store in the Republic of Ireland this autumn. The 20,000-square-foot two-story superstore in the country's capital Dublin

U.S.-based books and entertainment retailer Borders Group will open its first store in the Republic of Ireland this autumn.

The 20,000-square-foot two-story superstore in the country's capital Dublin will be in the western suburb of Blanchardstown. It will be operated by Borders Ireland Ltd., a newly established subsidiary of Borders Group.

The store will feature a selection of approximately 200,000 books, music CDs, periodicals and DVDs. It will also include a Paperchase-branded gift and stationery outlet and a Starbucks Coffee shop.

Borders Group says Borders Blanchardstown will the be first "of what will be multiple store locations in the Republic of Ireland."

A spokesperson for Borders declined to disclose the group's future plans for Ireland, simply stating that "there is a lot of potential in the Irish market, which is very open to a superstore concept like Borders."

"We look forward to welcoming the Dublin community through our doors to experience what sets Borders apart worldwide: excellent customer service, vast title selection in books, music and movies, and a true passion for books," said Rick Vanzura, president, Borders Group International and Paperchase worldwide in a statemennt.

Meanwhile, Borders's British subsidiary Border U.K. Ltd. yesterday (March 27) appointed Mark Raban as finance director. He will join the company on April 3 from automotive services company Inchcape U.K., where he was business development director for their U.K. Retail division.

This is the first significant appointment made by Borders U.K. new CEO David Roche since he joined the company on March 1. Raban reports to Roche and also to Gregg Bodnar, CFO of Borders International.

In his new position, Raban will be responsible for the company's finance, payroll and audit, among other tasks. He replaces Sara Halton, who left Borders in January.

Borders U.K. currently operates in Great Britain 36 superstores in city centres and 33 small format high street and airport bookshops under the Books etc. and Borders Express brands.

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