Belfast Telegraph

Fashion store on move as its tenancy ends

Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

A Belfast fashion store in business for 25 years could be on the move again as the landlord of its current premises seeks a new tenant.

It's not the first time that Liberty Blue on Lombard Street - which sells small independent clothing brands for women, and has been described in the national fashion press as "an Aladdin's cave of vintage as well as vintage inspired designs" - has moved location.

It once drew grunge fanatics in their droves through its doors on the Lisburn Road where it first sold secondhand clothing including vintage Levi's jeans during the 1990s.

It then moved into the city centre where its offering evolved to stock new but vintage-influenced looks from a host of small local and global boutique designers.

Frazer Kidd has listed the double-fronted Liberty Blue shop for a letting fee of £22,500 per year.

It says: "The property occupies a highly prominent location benefiting from a double display frontage situated directly adjacent to Caffe Nero at the Gateway to Tribeca - a proposed £400m mixed use development."

The property consists of an open-plan ground floor retail unit covering around 912 sq ft and is described as suitable for a variety of commercial and retail uses, pending consent.

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Liberty Blue said at this present time it "has no news to share" but will make details available in coming weeks.

Meanwhile, in another part of Belfast city centre, shoppers are gearing up for the first ever Anthropologie store.

A spokesperson at the US retail company, which also runs Urban Outfitters at Victoria Square, said: "We're working on assets at the moment but for now we don't have much more information to give other than we will be opening in August."

Anthropologie, a fashion and homeware chain, currently has 229 stores, most of them in North America. It opened its first international store in London in 2009.

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