Iconic Stillorgan toy store soars with plans for the next generation

Stillorgan Nimble Fingers is stepping up ambitions with plans to redevelop its site across from the South Dublin Village Shopping Center.

The toy store, which opened in 1962, is currently housed in a two-story building on Old Dublin Road, opposite the Stillorgan Village shopping center, now owned by Kennedy Wilson.

Finding itself surrounded by rampant development – Kennedy Wilson is also redeveloping the former Leisureplex site adjacent to Nimble Fingers, while Cairn Homes has major residential projects for another nearby site – the toy store decided to join the trend.

He submitted plans for the demolition of the existing building at the end of the terrace and the construction of a five-story mixed-use development.

The new development will house four apartments (two single, one twin and one triple), which will be accessed from Old Dublin Road.

Toy enthusiasts, however, will be relieved to learn that the new development will also have retail space on the ground floor and on the mezzanine.

According to the planning request, store owners report that the store is “running at full capacity and more storage space is needed for retail stores,” which has “presented an opportunity to expand the store from Nimble Fingers toys for the next generation “.

The application also says the building’s development would act as a “catalyst for the redevelopment of the remaining five retail units,” which include a hair and beauty salon.

Development

The store is adjacent to the former Leisureplex, Ireland’s first bowling alley, which was destroyed and is currently being redeveloped by Kennedy Wilson. The development will see the construction of 232 rental apartments in blocks of up to eight floors. The upscale residential development will include a concierge service, cinema, gym, as well as a residents’ lounge, collaborative workspace, dining room, communal kitchen and rooftop terrace. It will also include four restaurants and cafes and two retail units.

Story

The toy store opened in Stillorgan in 1962 and was later bought, in 1983, by Patrick Staunton and his wife, Jean. It was reported that the idea for RTÉ’s Late Late Toy Show came about when a researcher walked into Nimble Fingers and spotted toys that not only appealed to children, but adults as well.

The company had expansion plans around 2008, but these were scrapped amid the financial crisis. Today the business is run by the children of Patrick, Gareth and Katherine.