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M&S defends holding onto nearly £50k from Northern Ireland rates relief scheme

'Busy' east Belfast store qualified for year of rebate due to its size

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Busy: the Marks & Spencer store on the Upper Newtownards Road

Busy: the Marks & Spencer store on the Upper Newtownards Road

Busy: the Marks & Spencer store on the Upper Newtownards Road

Marks & Spencer has saved nearly £50,000 in a year's rates holiday for a Simply Food store here, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

The shop on Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast qualified for the relief to help retail survive through lockdowns and the pandemic.

Lidl, Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's have already restored funds which they saved on a full year's rates relief in the UK as a whole.


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