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Customers see what's in store as Zara opens its doors in Belfast

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 01/05/2015

New lease of life: The refurbished store opened yesterday morning
New lease of life: The refurbished store opened yesterday morning
Among the shoppers were pals Brenda Moore and Laura Willis
Shop ‘til you drop: Daniel Malone and his friend Rachel Gartland
Oliver Smyth after shopping at Zara
Tessa Fisher outside Zara

For fashion lovers in Belfast, it was well worth the wait.

Customers queued from long before the 9am opening time to get their first glimpse of the season's latest looks at the much-anticipated reopening of Zara in the city centre.

The Spanish brand's Belfast shop has been transformed following its closure three months ago - and it proved to be a big hit.

Daniel Malone (25), a psychology student from Newtownards, hit the store with his friend Rachel Gartland (24), a physiology student originally from Wexford.

"We have planned our day around it," Daniel said. "I bought trousers, jeans, T-shirts and a couple of jumpers.

"The store is really well-designed. It seems as big as it was before, but I think they have laid it out a lot better. It is much like the London store."

A beaming Rachel added: "I bought everything - skirt, trousers, jeans and a bow tie.

"I love it. It's so modern, well thought-out, bright, airy, beautiful - absolutely gorgeous.

"I think it has become more like the European stores. It's brilliant."

Oliver Smyth (19) from Whiteabbey, a Karen Millen stylist at House of Fraser, said the new shop was a welcome boost to the high street.

"It's so nice," he added. "The store layout is so modern. The old store felt closed.

"I bought two tops and two hoodies. I really thought that the Belfast high street was getting a bit poor, so this has made it better."

Civil servants Brenda Moore (30), from Andersonstown in Belfast, and Laura Willis (30), from Annaghmore, Co Armagh, had been eagerly anticipating the reopening. "It's amazing, just gorgeous," Brenda said. "I couldn't wait for it to open.

"The clothes are lovely. I bought two suede coats and a dress and a top."

Laura added: "We have been constantly checking and were so excited for it to open at 9am. I bought two wee crop tops."

Tessa Fisher (44), a swimming teacher from Cultra in Co Down, was impressed by the range of items.

"I work in Ibiza in June, July and August so continentally I would shop more in Zara," she said.

"I think now this Belfast store lends itself to that.

"It is beautiful. The clothes are amazing and they are not overpriced. It is within a good price budget."

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