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O'Neills confirms new Belfast city centre store will open on March 5

Sportswear giant O’Neills is opening a new superstore at Belfast’s CastleCourt Shopping Centre on March 5, adding 25 new jobs as part of their expansion in retail

SPORTSWEAR manufacturer and retailer O’Neills has confirmed its new Belfast city centre store will open on March 5.

As revealed in Wednesday’s Irish News, the Strabane-based company, which now employs around 900 people, will create 25 jobs in the former Virgin Megastore unit at the CastleCourt complex on Royal Avenue.

O’Neill’s managing director, Kieran Kennedy, said: “Our investment in CastleCourt and Belfast city centre represents a significant expansion of our business in Northern Ireland and in our bricks and mortar retail offering. This investment complements our strong online presence and the confidence in our innovative brand and product range.”

Meanwhile, beauty and healthcare retailer Superdrug has said it will expand its CastleCourt store by a third to 8,000 sq ft.

Opened in 1990, CastleCourt is now owned by property investment group Wirefox.

Retail director at Wirefox, Lucy Elliott, said: “These new, additional lettings investments are a testimony to the strength, appeal and location of CastleCourt as a leading dynamic retail and hospitality destination in Belfast’s city centre which enjoys high demand and strong customer loyalty.

“O’Neills and Superdrug are iconic, expanding retail brands and will complement the wide and popular offer at Northern Ireland’s best-loved centre which is now home to more than 80 retail and food brands.

“Indeed, we are confident that both brands will be hugely popular with the circa 12,000 students who will be relocating to the city centre to the new Ulster University campus, adjacent to CastleCourt in 2021.”

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