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US fashion retailer Anthropologie to open Belfast outlet

US fashion and lifestyle retailer Anthropologie has chosen Belfast for its first store in Ireland.

It will open a 5,000 sq ft outlet in August in the iconic Erskine House on Arthur Street, which is being developed by Orby Investment.

A spokesman for Orby said: “We are delighted to welcome Anthropologie to Belfast. Their distinctive collection of clothing, accessories and homeware will be an exciting addition to the city and region, and their unique style of shopping experience fits well with the world class development that is Erskine House.”

Darren Best, associate director at Savills, who negotiated the deal on behalf of Orby, added: “We're pleased to have secured this deal with Anthropologie, who will offer a unique experience for anyone who comes to Belfast to shop. Judging by the quality of their existing stores it will not disappoint.

"Its decision to open a first Irish store here is very positive for Belfast and will also attract new brands to the city centre. We're already seeing a strong level of interest in the last remaining unit at Erskine House.”

Founded in 1992 in Pennsylvania by current URBN chairman and president Dick Hayne, Anthropologie was named after his college major (with a decidedly French twist).

Now operating more than 200 stores worldwide, it has evolved into a leading one-of-a-kind destination for those seeking a curated mix of clothing, accessories, gifts and home décor to reflect their personal style.

The brand launched its mail-order catalogue and website in 1998 and 11 years later its first international stores opened in Canada and UK.

Anthropologie Europe is led by Peter Ruis, managing director of Anthropologie International, and is owned by URBN, a portfolio of global consumer brands including Urban Outfitters, Free People, BHLDN, Terrain and the Vetri Family.

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