Penneys has become the latest large retailer to announce its plans for reopening next week.

The company is to have shopping by appointment from Monday May 10 at its 36 Irish stores until the following Sunday.

Then on Monday May 17, Penneys outlets will open in full, in line with the further easing of Government Covid-19 restrictions.

The chain's booking system for shopping by appointment opened this morning, with details available at primark.com.

The company has warned though that with limited numbers allowed in store for safety reasons, appointments are likely to book out quickly.

The firm said there would initially be extended opening hours across every store to help reduce queues and that safety remains a top priority, with extensive measures in place in stores.

"We are thrilled to welcome everyone back to Penneys; we’ve really missed our customers and fantastic retail teams, so it feels great to finally reopen our doors," said Penneys CEO Paul Marchant.

All Brown Thomas and Arnotts stores will also be open for shopping by appointment from next Monday.

Customers must pre-book online at BrownThomas.com, Arnotts.ie or by telephone 01-6056666 or 01-8050400.

Then from Monday May 17, all Brown Thomas, BT2 and Arnotts stores will re-open fully with no requirement to pre-book.

Meanwhile, IKEA has said it will resume its Click & Collect service to customers at its Ballymun store in Dublin from Monday and will also reopen fully on May 17.