Belfast Telegraph

A better time for city site

By Margaret Canning

A retail unit in Belfast city centre has been let six months after a previous occupant went into administration.

The former Fountain Street home of nostalgia chain Past Times has been let to fashion retailer Vogue.

Past Times went into administration in February, leading to the closure of the Belfast shop and around 90 others around the UK.

Since its closure in February the Belfast premises had been temporarily let to the Linenhall Library, which ran a souvenir shop.

Now commercial property agents CBRE, which acts for the landlord, has completed a letting at the site, with Vogue relocating from Queen Street.

CBRE agent Lisa Morgan said: "This is an excellent result for the landlord and the area as a whole and further strengthens the retail offer in this part of Belfast".

The firm said the area west of Donegall Place in the city centre had "moved down the retail pecking order" after Victoria Square opened and began attracting shoppers east-wards.

A spokesman added: "However, recent lettings to the likes of Home Restaurant, Caffè Nero and Vogue show the area is still a popular retail and leisure destination within the city centre."

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