Boots stops paying some landlords as it seeks post-Covid rent deals – The Irish Times

Pharmacy giant Boots is the latest major retailer to become embroiled in rental disputes with its Irish landlords as the damaging effects of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown continue to take their toll on the retail sector.

Boots Ireland confirmed it had stopped paying rent to some of its main Irish landlords as it was seeking new deals following the pandemic.

It is now facing at least two lawsuits, after Dublin shopping centres – Omni in Santry and Charlestown near Finglas – initiated action against it in recent weeks.

Boots joins a growing list of high-profile retailers in disputes with Irish shopping centres and institutional landlords, including shoe brand Schuh; fashion retailer New Look; Topman; jeweller Fields; Reiss designer boutique; and Mike Ashley’s Irish department store chain, Heatons.

“Since March, Boots Ireland has remained committed to keeping stores open to ensure that pharmacy, healthcare and essential products are available to

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