Outdoor specialist Craghoppers to open first standalone NI store at Victoria Square
OUTDOOR clothing specialist Craghoppers is to open its first standalone store in the north at Belfast’s Victoria Square.
Part of the Regatta Group, the Manchester based operation is due to open on the upper level of the city centre retail complex at the end of this month.
The 2,387 sq ft unit was previously home to Warehouse, which closed last year after it fell into administration alongside sister fashion brand Oasis. The brands were linked to 22 stores and concessions in Northern Ireland.
The new Craghoppers unit comes just weeks after the opening of athleisure specialist FitPink Fitness in Victoria Square.
Commenting on the new Belfast store, Craghoppers’ brand director James McNamara said: “Northern Ireland is a strong market for our sector with a significant emphasis on the outdoors. The Victoria Square store will mark part of our UK expansion within a thriving market and ensure we continue to showcase our incredible calibre of products to consumers that love the outdoors.
“Sustainability is a focal point for our brand, and it’s great to see a city like Belfast embracing this aspect and giving us the opportunity to make our mark and continue to inspire generations of outdoor enthusiasts.”
Russell Banham, the UK head of Victoria Square’s owner Commerz Real, added: “Craghoppers is a global name within the outdoors adventure market and one which will sit very comfortably alongside our vast offering of independent and international brands.
“Craghoppers is a great fit to both the character and nature of Belfast as a city. We are very excited for Victoria Square to be expanding and enhancing its retail offer.”
Lambert Smith Hampton and Savills are joint agents for Victoria Square. Harper Dennis Hobbs acted for Craghoppers. Victoria Square is managed by the Lambert Smith Hampton’s Belfast office.