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NI shopping post coronavirus lockdown to feel like bygone era

As more of our retailers prepare to open next week, Margaret Canning takes a look at a sector coming back to life

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A packed Royal Avenue in pre-lockdown days

A packed Royal Avenue in pre-lockdown days

Crowds queue for the reopening of Primark after the 2018 fire

Crowds queue for the reopening of Primark after the 2018 fire

Good news: Glyn Roberts

Good news: Glyn Roberts

Simon Hamilton

Simon Hamilton

Menarys owner Stephen McCammon at his Bangor store with staff member Mandie Bell

Menarys owner Stephen McCammon at his Bangor store with staff member Mandie Bell

An old image of Wardens in Newtownards

An old image of Wardens in Newtownards

A packed Royal Avenue in pre-lockdown days

For a time, as the economy reopens after lockdown, shopping in Northern Ireland is going to feel like the era before shopping centres and big global names like Primark and Zara dominated.

From Monday, shops selling goods like electrical and homeware products will be able to open if they have an outside door which opens onto the street or into the open air in a retail park.

Those stipulations favour small department stores, which sell a varied range of products.