Belfast Telegraph

In Shops still 'to let' after shock closure

By Louise Small

One of Belfast's longest serving retail centres is still 'to let' after its sudden closure earlier this year.

The 97 unit Hi Park shopping centre on High Street in Belfast, known as the In Shops, closed in June after retailers were told there were no plans to renew the 25-year lease.

At the time 25 retailers - some of whom have operated in the centre since it opened in 1986 - said they were disappointed and upset to hear of the closure.

So far there has not been any interest from a prospective retailer to take over the centre.

Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) chief executive Glyn Roberts said: "Obviously I hope whoever takes it could do something similar to before. It is a great idea having units for small independent retailers. However, I haven't heard of any offers."

In Shops is a nationwide network of indoor shopping centres. French firm Group Geraud own the centre, and own another 32 branches of In Shops across the UK.

The company is the largest operator of serviced retail space in indoor markets, shopping halls and shopping centres.

The premises on High Street is advertised to let through Mc Connell Chartered Surveyors and Property Consultants with 'excellent retail/leisure opportunities'.

The shopping centre opened in 1986 and employed 60 people.

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