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Iceland linked to new Belfast store at former indoor trampoline park

Iceland has previously said it would like to open up to a dozen Food Warehouse units in Northern Ireland.

ICELAND is to open a new supermarket in west Belfast according to an application set to be considered by the city council's planning committee.

The retailer has been named as the new tenant for a 16,000 sq ft double unit at the Westwood Shopping Centre on Kennedy Way.

The centre's owners John Corp have sought planning permission to convert the unit from an indoor trampoline park to a retail store. It follows the closure of Airtastic's outlet last year.

Belfast property developer Kevin McKay owns a minority share of John Corp. Its majority owner is listed as Highgarden Ltd, a firm owned by London property manager Metin Gurpinar.

Its change of use application has been recommended for approval by city planners, with the council's planning committee due to consider it on Monday.

The application states 35-40 jobs will be created.

Iceland already has a strong presence in Belfast with 10 of its 34 Northern Ireland stores spread across the city.

The retail chain has previously said it would like to open up to 12 Food Warehouse units here. It has opened one store to date in the north at Newtownabbey.

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