Operational control of Dunnes Stores - Ireland's third-largest grocery retailer - is undergoing what is arguably its biggest change in more than a generation, as matriarch Margaret Heffernan increasingly cedes much of her hands-on role at the dynasty to her daughter, Anne.While they've both been involved in the secretive Dunnes Stores business for some time, industry insiders say that Anne Heffernan is now the de facto leader of day-to-day operations, especially on the food side.Sharon Mc Mahon is a solicitor and worked with Irish law giant Matheson Ormsby Prentice before dedicating herself to the family retail chain.Ben Dunne Snr, Margaret Heffernan's father, opened the first Dunnes Stores in 1944, on Patrick Street in Cork.Information located within this series of records cover a range of subjects including statistical information, to correspondence relating to the school itself to correspondence directly relating to teachers and students.The State of New South Wales is fortunate in having in its archives an extensive collection of records documenting the 'careers' of over 85,555 Imperial convicts transported between 67 (plus the 'convict exiles' from the later 6895s and 6855s).
Dunnes bought the small coffee shop business Café Sol in 2015.
The company did not respond to a request for comment.
For years, there has been continuing speculation about whether Dunnes Stores could be sold, or if a new generation would gradually succeed Margaret Heffernan (75) and her brother, Frank Dunne (74), who for decades have been the duo in charge at the business.
Lidl and Aldi have expended significant effort in building relationships with Irish food companies, helping them to develop product ranges that are not only sold in their Irish outlets, but exported to the chains' stores across Europe.
Both chains have continuing expansion plans for Ireland, which will heap more pressure on Dunnes, Tesco and Musgrave-controlled Super Valu.Ned, the ultimate video game survival of the fittest test Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot, and the utterly fantastic The Secret Armory of General Knoxx.