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Danish firm Sostrene Grene to open six stores in Northern Ireland

By Margaret Canning

Published 22/09/2016

Sostrene Grene stocks home furnishings and accessories
Sostrene Grene stocks home furnishings and accessories

A new Scandinavian homewares shop is set to open in Belfast - the first of six planned for the province.

Sostrene Grene, Danish for 'Grene sisters', will open its first Northern Ireland store in the former premises of Head Records in Ann Street at the end of next month.

The retailer stocks homeware, stationery, gifts and interior furnishings and was founded by Anna and Clara Grene in 1973.

It's the latest new opening for Belfast following clothes shop Stradivarius, toy store The Entertainer and jeweller Pandora. And it's following in the footsteps of Flying Tiger Copenhagen, another Danish retailer with a similar offering, which opened last year.

Sostrene Grene was brought to the island of Ireland by joint venture partners Richard and Norma Power. Mr Power said: "This store will be the first of six planned across Northern Ireland, with the retail market here already strong and continuing to grow.

"We feel there is a gap in the Northern Ireland market for the kind of offering that Sostrene Grene provides and in that, a unique opportunity to push a brand that has already seen great success on a global scale."

Luke McClelland, a retail agency surveyor at CBRE, said: "We have been seeing a lot of activity since Brexit from locations such as The Quays, Newry, and The Outlet in Banbridge, due to an increase in cross-border shoppers, but it is important for Belfast city centre to attract new retailers like Sostrene Grene that keep the offering fresh."

Mark Thallon, director at TDK Property Consultants, acted for the landlord of 42 to 46 Ann Street.

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