Belfast Telegraph

Oak Furniture Land set to open first Northern Ireland outlet

By Margaret Canning

Oak Furniture Land is set to open its first store in Northern Ireland in south Belfast on Boxing Day with the creation of 15 new jobs.

The solid oak furniture retailer is opening at unit 9 in Shane Retail Park off Boucher Road after agreeing a 10-year lease.

It joins other bulky goods retailers at the park, which is owned by Marathon Asset Management, including Harveys, Argos, Smyths Toys, Dunelm Mill, Carpetright and Dreams.

Commercial property agents Savills and CBRE jointly agreed the letting with Oak Furniture Land.

Claire McAnallen, associate director at Savills, said: "This represents Oak Furniture Land's first venture in Northern Ireland, which is an excellent letting for Shane Retail Park and testament to the strength of the scheme and this established out-of-town retail destination."

Roger Craig of Corbo Properties, former owners of the park and now acting as asset managers, added: "This is a significant letting which yet again demonstrates Shane Retail Park as the leading bulky goods park in not just Belfast but Northern Ireland."

It's the latest big furniture firm to open in the Boucher Road area. In November, Australian furniture brand Harvey Norman threw open its doors at Balmoral Plaza.

Belfast Telegraph