Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

'Full house' sign goes up at shopping centre with a let to fashion chain

A shopping centre in the north west has announced that it is fully let after securing a new fashion tenant.

Foyleside Shopping Centre's full house follows the letting of 20,000 sq ft to Swedish fashion retailer H&M.

The unit in the Londonderry mall will be Northern Ireland's second biggest H&M outlet after Belfast city centre.

Criona Collins, retail director at letting agents, BTWShiells, said: "A proactive policy of innovation and investment has secured Foyleside's position as one of Northern Ireland's most successful shopping centres.

"I am delighted our expertise has now brought to completion the final phase of a successful letting programme, which has seen £5m investment and the creation of new jobs for Derry city centre."

BTWShiells also said existing tenants, Topshop and Topman, were increasing their floor space from 6,000 to 9,000 sq ft.

Fergal Rafferty, Foyleside centre manager, said: "The centre has always offered its customers an eclectic mix of stores and, with the edition of a number of new outlets, we're now in a position to deliver an amazing and carefully balanced shopping experience under one roof.

"We are thrilled at the confidence which some of the biggest names in retailing have put in Foyleside and in Derry.

"While the economic climate may be tough, this latest success is evidence that if you have the right product, deals can still be done."

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