Belfast Telegraph

New £4m hotel being opened by Merchant and Bullitt owners

The plush interior of Babel in Belfast’s Bullitt Hotel


The owners of Belfast’s luxury Merchant Hotel has announced plans to open a new £4m hotel in Lisburn, bringing 75 new jobs.

Beannchor Group, which is led by Bill Wolsey and also owns Bullitt Hotel in Belfast city centre, revealed plans for the new 52-bedroom hotel in Lisburn Square.

The hotel, which will open in summer next year if it gets planning permission, will occupy a former Argos store and neighbouring first floor space.

Beannchor already operates the Little Wing pizzeria in the square.

The new hotel will also have a ground floor bar and restaurant which will be open to residents and non-residents.

Mr Wolsey,  who last week won the industry category in top all-island business competition the EY Entrpreneur of the Year, said:  “Hospitality continues to be one of Northern Ireland’s most important industries and largest employers. We believe the creation of 75 new full time and part time jobs will be a major economic boost for Lisburn Square and the city.”

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners (from left) Elaine Sullivan (Carrick Therapeutics), Peter Coppinger and Daniel Mackey (Teamwork) and Bill Wolsey

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