Frasers Group is opening two House of Fraser department stores in the Irish cities of Cork and Kildare, at the Mahon Point and Whitewater malls, respectively. Each will be taking over a site of about 75,000 square feet formerly occupied by a Debenhams. Both will also have two floors, with a Sports Direct on top. In October, these upper floors will be opened first, with the rest scheduled for early next year. The head of global leasehold property at Frasers Group, James France, describes the operation as demonstrating a “commitment to bricks-and-mortar.” The Republic of Ireland is one of the few markets outside the U.K. where Mike Ashley’s group expanded last year.