Clerys department store on Dublin's O'Connell Street is to reopen in time for Christmas.

The city centre building has been closed to the public since last July when it was damaged by floods.

Its owner OCS Operations, a subsidiary of private equity and investment company Gordon Brothers Europe, says the store will re-open to shoppers on Thursday November 21.

Clerys has been completely restored since the flood damage this summer.

Dominic Prendergast, Clerys' managing director, said extensive refurbishment work has seen the 160 year old shop restored to its former glory.

"All at Clerys look forward to welcoming customers - old and new - to our historic O'Connell Street location where, in addition to this season's sensational Winter Wonderland, a glittering array of fashion, food and lifestyle experiences await," he said. 

All 86 staff who were temporarily laid off in August will be taken back on, the company confirmed