Upmarket furniture store Neptune opening on Belfast's Ormeau Road
An upmarket furniture store is set to open its first shop in Northern Ireland. Neptune is opening up on Ormeau Road in south Belfast next week as a rejuvenation of the district continues.
It will be based on the ground floor of the Ormeau Bakery, the former home of Ormo Bread and now an apartment block.
It's the Wiltshire company's 25th store in the UK and Europe. The business is best-known for its kitchens but also sells sofas, paint and accessories.
Joe Norney, Neptune retail partnerships manager Ireland, said it was pleased to open up in the historic Ormeau building, which dates back to 1875.
"The original facade and landmark clock are key features in the development and pair perfectly with our classic approach to interior design," he said.
The company already trades in Northern Ireland through a partnership with Malone & Smyth in Enniskillen, but the Belfast shop is its first standalone.
Apartments were built behind the facade of the Ormeau Bakery in 2007. But they became the subject of litigation when buyers who'd snapped up apartments off-plan found they could not longer afford to pay for them after the property crash.
However, all the litigation has since been resolved.
A number of buildings on Ormeau Road have recently changed hands, including its former PSNI station, leading to hopes of a wider rejuvenation.
And Tullymore House Ltd, the owner of Galgorm Resort & Spa, plans to open a a pizza restaurant at the disused Holy Rosary Church.