Belfast Telegraph

Insomnia to open first Northern Ireland coffee shop in Belfast

By Ryan McAleer

One of Ireland's largest coffee chains Insomnia will open its first Northern Ireland outlet in CastleCourt next week.

Ten jobs will be created in the new Belfast shop, which will open on the ground floor of the centre. The outlet joins a portfolio of 150-plus Insomnia coffee shops in the Republic and Britain.

It represents the latest expansion for the brand, which has enjoyed growth through partnerships with retailers including Debenhams and Primark.

Insomnia was established 21 years ago in a Galway bookshop.

Chief executive Harry Kelly said the company was "delighted" to be expanding into Belfast city centre.

"I'm sure our coffee will be very popular and hope the store will become a local hub," he said.

"The store design reflects Insomnia's coffee heritage whilst also taking and combining inspiration from vintage tea shops and industrial urban lofts.

"A welcoming and comfortable space using fabrics and natural finishes punctuated with quirky and fun branding evokes a great ambience."

Joint leasing agents Savills and CBRE acted for the landlord Wirefox to secure the deal.

Darren Best of Savills described the footfall in CastleCourt as "unrivalled by any other shopping centre" here.

Adding that this was the major deciding factor for Insomnia, he said he expected CastleCourt to attract further big retail names in the near future.

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