CastleCourt encouraged by footfall rise after Debenhams loss

CastleCourt manager Leona Barr.

BELFAST retail complex CastleCourt said new footfall analysis show it outperforming shopping centres across Ireland and the UK.

Footfall over the bank holiday remained down on the same period in 2019, but while the general trend saw a 26 to 28 per cent fall across the UK and Ireland, CastleCourt was down just 19 per cent.

The centre also managed to improve footfall compared with 2020, against an overall downward trend across the retail industry.

Centre manager said the figures were encouraging, given the recent loss of anchor tenant Debenhams.

“We are grateful to the support of Belfast shoppers and those who come from further afield to shop with us,” she said.

The centre has been bolstered in recent weeks with new tenants including furniture store Exclusive Designs, Belleek, Pelo Hairdressing and acupuncture clinic Dr Needles.

Pop-up pub Folktown has also opened in the centre's former service yard.

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