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Suitor Menswear outlet and Spanish restaurant to open in Belfast's Arthur Street

By Margaret Canning

Published 03/06/2016

Osborne King’s Stephen Smith (left) and Suitor Menswear owners William and Chris Suitor
Osborne King’s Stephen Smith (left) and Suitor Menswear owners William and Chris Suitor

A family-owned suit retailer and a Spanish restaurant are setting up new premises on Belfast's Arthur Street.

Suitor Menswear is doubling its sales space by moving into a new home on Upper Arthur Street.

The firm has been trading on the street since 2000, but the father-son business said it had outgrown its old premises.

Co-owner Chris Suitor explained the new shop would provide enough room for an on-site tailor, and would feature high-end decorative flourishes.

Stephen Smith from commercial property agents Osborne King - which negotiated the letting - said: "We are delighted to secure Suitor Bros as a tenant, and it is extremely encouraging to see existing independent retailers expand their business.

"Arthur Street has undergone something of a renaissance lately, with the city council implementing £170,000 of improvement works, which is helping to increase footfall."

The firm has also negotiated the letting of one of two remaining units on the street to the Northern Irish operators of a Spanish-themed restaurant yet to be identified.

It is understood the business is already trading successfully at St George's Market.

Mr Smith said: "The proposed tenant has submitted a planning application for a change of use, and we are confident that the council will approve the application shortly.

"The other remaining unit is also under offer and negotiations are at an advanced stage."

Arthur Street has grown into an high-end retail destination, helped by nearby Victoria Square.

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