Mat alan to open new store in cas­tle court

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Front Page - BY RYAN MCALEER

FASH­ION and home­ware re­tail gi­ant Mata­lan is open­ing a new store in Belfast city cen­tre.

The UK re­tailer is set to be­come a new an­chor ten­ant in the Castle­court shop­ping cen­tre next month, cre­at­ing more than 50 jobs in a new 24,000 sq ft unit. Mata­lan will take over the first­floor unit left va­cant af­ter Toys R Us en­tered ad­min­is­tra­tion in April.

It rep­re­sents the re­tailer’s first city cen­tre store on the is­land of Ire­land and brings to six the num­ber of out­lets in North­ern Ire­land. A spokesper­son for the com­pany said: “We’re re­ally de­lighted to be in­vest­ing in Castle­court and in Belfast city cen­tre and look for­ward to bring­ing our qual­ity cloth­ing and home­ware brand, out­stand­ing cus­tomer care and click and col­lect ser­vice to shop­pers from across the city and fur­ther afield.”

A Mata­lan spokesman said it is start­ing the fit-out in the new unit, which will open dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

“This is a land­mark Mata­lan store in an out­stand­ing lo­ca­tion and we’re ex­cited by the op­por­tu­ni­ties that this new store will bring,” he said.

De­spite the clo­sure of Royal Av­enue in the wake of the Pri­mark fire, the an­nounce­ment rep­re­sents an­other pos­i­tive boost for Castle­Court. DV8, which is one of the 14 re­tail­ers caught in­side the Pri­mark cordon, has just re­lo­cated to the shop­ping cen­tre.

Ir­ish cof­fee chain In­som­nia also re­cently opened its first city cen­tre out­let on the ground floor.

Michael Wright, the di­rec­tor of as­set man­age­ment at Castle­court’s owner Wire­fox, said: “Mata­lan’s de­ci­sion to open a sub­stan­tial new store in Castle­court demon­strates the cen­tre’s ap­peal and in­vest­ment po­ten­tial.

“This is an­other ma­jor mile­stone for Castle­court in our mis­sion to con­tin­u­ally in­no­vate, ex­pand our re­tail mix to meet grow­ing cus­tomer de­mand and to cre­ate un­ri­valled cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ences that drive in­vest­ment and op­por­tu­nity for the cen­tre and for the city.”

Mata­lan was rep­re­sented in the trans­ac­tion by Colin Mathew­son of agents CBRE.

Wire­fox/castle­court were rep­re­sented by Paul Wil­son, re­tail di­rec­tor at Sav­ills Belfast.

“We are ex­cited that Mata­lan has cho­sen Belfast and the se­condary an­chor store within Castle­court to launch its lat­est for­mat,” Mr Wil­son added.

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