SIPTU members have welcomed proposals by the new owners of Arnotts to maintain and develop the iconic Henry Street retail business. Responding to confirmation this evening that Wittington Propertys and Selfridges, which are controlled by Brown Thomas owners, the Weston family, had taken control of Arnotts after a deal with developer, Noel Smyth, SIPTU Organiser, Teresa Hannick said:“Our members in Arnotts are pleased with the positive news that the new owners are planning to further upgrade and develop the retail store. Following the scandalous treatment of the Clerys workers who were thrown out of their jobs in June, there is now an end to the uncertainty faced by staff in Arnotts which has had a number of difficult trading years.”There are forty-five members of SIPTU working in Arnotts.