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Oliver Bonas opens first Irish store in Belfast

Oliver Bonas stocks a range of clothing, homewares, gifts and furniture

LUXURY homeware and fashion retailer Oliver Bonas has confirmed it is to open in Belfast next month.

The outlet on Lisburn Road will be the group's first in Ireland.

The company, which operates small boutique-like shops opened its first store on London's Fulham Road in 1993.

The Belfast branch will be the 55th Oliver Bonas store, with the majority of them based in London.

The retailer has been on a major expansion over the past year.

It is expected the store opening will create around a dozen jobs.

The firm employs more han 500 people and has a turnover of around £40 million a year.

Last year, it became the first high street chain in the UK to pay staff the living wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation.

The company said the Belfast shop "will boast our full range of products: from women's clothing, accessories and jewellery, to homeware, furniture and gifts which have been designed in-house to reflect the brand's unique aesthetic".

The group was founded by entrepreneur Oliver Tress, "who turned his love for bringing back interesting and unusual gifts from his travels abroad into an ever-expanding British business," it said.

Oliver Bonas is the latest arrival in Belfast in an ongoing retail revival in the city.

Brands have been attracted to Belfast due to more attractive rates and increased consumer spending.

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