Retail Spotlight: Hodges Figgis

Retail Spotlight: Hodges Figgis

Stately, plump sales figures might best sum up Hodges Figgis in Dublin, arguably the most famous store in the Waterstones estate and one of the group’s top performers.

The shop’s oft-quoted mention in James Joyce’s Ulysses assures it of that status. The would-be writer and Joyce alter ego Stephen Dedalus is wondering to whom he might address his ardent words. “She, she, she. What she?” he asks, and answers: “The virgin at Hodges Figgis’ window on Monday looking in for one of the alphabet books you were going to write. Keen glance you gave her.”

True, it’s only a passing mention, but it’s ...

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