Foot Locker accused of using ‘economic muscle’ to avoid paying rent

Sportswear retailer tries to overturn High Court order in first Court of Appeal hearing of pandemic-related rent ruling in Ireland

Foot Locker on Grafton Street in Dublin: the retailer sought to have over €519,000 in rent written off. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Foot Locker is trying to use its “economic muscle” to avoid paying rent owed to its landlord during pandemic-related shutdowns, the Court of Appeal has heard.

The sportswear retailer is attempting to overturn a High Court order made last year relating to rent owed during the Covid-19 pandemic. It argued that the lease for its Grafton Street store was partially frustrated as a result of closures during the restrictions on retailers’ trading.

The appeal, which ...