Belfast Telegraph

Former 'Sam's Yer Man' building on market for £575,000

The former home of S&R Electrical on the Holywood Road in east Belfast
The former home of S&R Electrical on the Holywood Road in east Belfast

By John Mulgrew

The former business premises of one of Belfast's best known retailers has gone on sale for £575,000.

S&R Electric Ltd, known locally as Sam's Yer Man, stopped trading from its east Belfast base in 2015.

Set up by Sam Duff in the 1980s, it was a stalwart in Belfast and beyond, with the company's motto and catchy jingle 'Sam's Yer Man for a Bargain' - a phrase coined by the Belfast Telegraph - well-known throughout Northern Ireland.

Now, the business's former shop on the Holywood Road has gone on sale.

It's being described as "a superb opportunity to purchase a prime retail property of approx 6,800 sq ft located on one of the busiest roads in east Belfast".

"The property is ideal for those looking to purchase a good retail investment property, or those wishing to purchase a sound building to trade from."

The sale is being handled by Gibson Property.

In its brochure, the property firm says "the Holywood Road provides a good mix of high density residential housing, office accommodation and is home to a host of national and local retailers as well as an abundance of restaurants and cafes".

Elsewhere in the city, the former BHS store is due to get a facelift and will be split up to take on at least two new businesses.

It will divide the large building down its natural split, which sees Castle Arcade cutting through the two separate sections of the building.

The shutters were pulled down on the Castle Place store in August 2016, with the loss of 57 jobs. In July, the Belfast Telegraph reported that two new retailers looked set to take on the building.

It's understood one firm is currently relocating from elsewhere in the city to take on part of the building.

The new plans include removing the existing facade, and stripping back the interior to the structural frame.

A design statement said the building will be re-dressed with "new external fabric and leaving the interior ready for retail fit-out".

Todd Architects, who is behind the new plans on behalf of owners M&G Real Estate, said around 100 jobs could be created.

Belfast Telegraph