Belfast Telegraph

GO Outdoors to open its first Northern Ireland store

By Margaret Canning

A major retail chain specialising in outdoors clothing and equipment is set to open its first store in Northern Ireland.

GO Outdoors is setting up shop in Valley Retail Park in Newtownabbey in premises formerly occupied by Harvey Norman. Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), with asset managers AEW, bought Valley Retail Park last year for £7.15m.

REIT said it was "delighted" to announce the new entrant. Commercial property consultants TDK had acted on its behalf in negotiating the early surrender of Harvey Norman's lease.

TDK partner Mark Thallon said: "When we advised AEW in the acquisition, we had a clear strategy to identify certain retailers who would attract customers back to what is a fantastic location. GO Outdoors were top of the list and we are delighted that they have chosen Valley Retail Park for their first Irish store.  

"We now only have two more units available and we are confident that this letting, together with existing tenants Harveys, Halfords and Harry Corry, will now attract other retailers to the remaining space."

Andrew Playfer from AEW said the arrival of GO Outdoors was "a key element" in its strategy to "reinvigorate" the park.

"We believe this will be the catalyst to further lettings and expect to be in a position to make other announcements," he said.

Harvey Norman now has a flagship store on Belfast's Boucher Road, and another at Holywood Exchange.

Belfast Telegraph