August opening for US retailer's first Irish shop in Belfast
US clothing retailer Anthropologie has confirmed it will open its first store on the island of Ireland in Belfast within weeks.
The upmarket fashion and homeware chain will move into a 5,000 sq ft unit on the ground floor of Erskine House on Arthur Street at the end of August.
Its plans to open in Belfast were revealed in the Belfast Telegraph in May.
Co Down construction firm Graham has just completed work on the £17m Erskine House.
The Hillsborough firm has now progressed to the fit-out stage for developer Orby Investment.
HMRC will occupy seven floors of the eight storey building, with 8,000 sq ft of space on the ground floor for shops.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Anthropologie is part of the URBN group, which already runs Northern Ireland's only Urban Outfitters store from nearby Victoria Square.
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Anthropologie currently has 229 stores, most of them in North America.
It opened its first international store in London in 2009 and has since expanded with another 10 UK outlets.
Darren Best from agency Savills, who negotiated the deal on behalf of Orby, said: "We are very pleased to have secured this deal with Anthropologie, who will offer a unique experience for anyone who comes to Belfast to shop. Judging by the quality of their existing stores it will not disappoint.
"Anthropologie's decision to open its first Irish store here is very positive for Belfast and will also attract new brands to the city centre.
"We are already seeing a strong level of interest in the last remaining unit at Erskine House."
Orby Investment added: "We are delighted to welcome Anthropologie to Belfast.
"Their distinctive collection of clothing, accessories and homeware will be an exciting addition to the city and region, and their unique style of shopping experience fits well with the world class development that is Erskine House."