A HUGE retailer which closed last year on Glasgow's iconic Sauchiehall Street has put their premises on the market.

Dunnes Stores has instructed leading property consultancy CBRE to sell the six-floor premises.

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It comes after we revealed that around 18 staff lost their jobs when Dunnes closed for good in October.

The Irish chain also closed its long-standing store in Clydebank's Clyde Shopping Centre but operations in the Forge Shopping Centre in the city's East End and the Antonine Centre in Cumbernauld still continue.

Dunnes Stores has been operating in Ireland for around 70 years and there is more than 140 stores across the UK employing 15,000 people.

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The company's founder Ben Dunne used his savings to open the first ever Dunnes Stores on Patrick Street in Cork on March 31, 1944.

Those marketing the premises for sale have described the art deco building as "iconic".

CBRE said: "The building currently benefits from Class 1 (Retail) consent but offers substantial scope for redevelopment including hotel and office use, student accommodation and private residential.

"Positioned at the junction of Sauchiehall Street and Cambridge Street, the site benefits from high levels of footfall, with automatic slide doors on Sauchiehall Street offering additional access to the main corner entrance. Neighbouring occupiers include Primark, Boots, TK Maxx, Marks & Spencer and Sports Direct."

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Euan McGonigle, director in CBRE’s Retail team, added: “With ample flexible space and its striking Art Deco frontage, the former Dunnes Store offers enormous scope for redevelopment which we’re confident will appeal to a wide range of buyers. It’s rare that units of this nature become available, particularly in such a prominent location, and we’re expecting a high level of interest from investors and developers.”

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The closure of Dunnes meant another empty unit on the city's iconic Sauchiehall Street with Greaves Sports also closing at the start of the year.

Managing director Sandy Greaves blamed the rise of out of town shopping centres for the closure of the branch.

The sports retailer, which first opened up in Glasgow in 1930, made the announcement following the departure of High Street chain BHS from Sauchiehall Street the previous year.

Another famous Glasgow retailer Crocket the Ironmonger also shut up shop after 50 years in the city centre.

The family firm, which was founded in 1870 and based in nearby West Nile Street, said its closure was part of plans to restructure the business on the back of changes in the UK retailing environment.

This week, Yates pub on Sauchiehall Street shut its doors for good while Pommes Frites, close to The Garage nightclub, closed. Pommes Frites said the landlord chose not to renew their lease.