A fashion retailer has claimed it has received nearly 1,000 applications for 43 jobs at its new Belfast store.
Jacamo and Simply Be in Belfast’s CastleCourt Shopping Centre will be the company’s first in Ireland when it opens in a few weeks’ time. It is part of catalogue and high street retailer N Brown Group plc.
The group said it had received 950 applications for 43 roles in the new shop.
Store manager Colin Mcllvenny, said: "The standard of applicants was incredibly high but I'm confident that we've found the right people for the store.
"We have recruited a great bunch of people from the local community."
The store will sell men's and women's fashion. Simply Be is pitched as a "young fashion collection" with "catwalk-inspired must-haves and every-day-essentials in sizes 12 to 32".
Jacamo sells men's designer labels and own brands, including Jacamo's Flintoff by Jacamo collection, designed by England cricketer Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff.
The new store will also give shoppers access to Click & Collect, and in-store kiosks.
The new store opening comes as commercial property agents forecast a string of other new retail openings before Christmas.
Alana Coyle, of commercial property agents CBRE, said: "There are a number of deals in the pipeline due to complete over the next months in time for stores to be open before Christmas across the board for Belfast."