Fashion chain Penneys has submitted a planning application which, if approved, will see it expand its international headquarters in Dublin city centre.

The retailer plans to link the offices on its Mary Street branch to the adjacent Chapel House building on Parnell Street, which will create a 125,000sq/ft space upon completion in 2015.

The proposed office will accommodate more than 500 employees, according to the company, and offer "a centrally located work hub for the company's vast external supplier network".

Penneys bought Chapel House in 2011 after its former owner, the Liam Carroll-controlled Orthanc group, entered receivership.

Since then, the chain has continued to expanded in a number of countries under the Primark brand, including store openings in Spain, Portugal and Britain.

Next month will also see a Primark store opening in Marseilles, the company's first foray into the French market.