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The question facing NI retailers as shutters go back up: who still cares?

As the reopening of non-essential retail looms, Business Editor Margaret Canning considers whether we will be hurrying back to our town centres

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Belfast city centre after it was briefly lifted last year

Belfast city centre after it was briefly lifted last year

Spot the difference: Belfast city centre during lockdown

Spot the difference: Belfast city centre during lockdown

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Belfast city centre after it was briefly lifted last year

Most towns in Northern Ireland have a branch of homegrown department store Menarys, founded in Dungannon in 1923.

Now the biggest competition for companies like Menarys isn't their rival bricks and mortar retailers but the constant stream of Amazon Prime vans delivering online shopping.


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