Saturday December 14, 2019

The Sunday Interview: Conor Whelan

Rocked by recession but now a coveted takeover target, Conor Whelan is the man who has led Eason’s latest transformation, as the venerable retailer has stabilised its revenue for the first time since the downturn began.

8th March, 2015
Conboe Whelan. Picture: feargal Ward

The Eason store on O’Connell Street is not as I remember it. For one thing, it has an Insomnia concession downstairs. It has a restaurant on the second floor. It has subdivisions, branded with care.

The ascent to the office above the shop floor is eye-opening: here, “Easonology”, a blue-lit section devoted to “games, puzzles and experiences” and staffed by “Easonologists”; there, “Department 51”, per its own description “specialising in teenage reading habits,...

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