Vodafone to invest £5.5m in 24 stores
Vodafone has said Northern Irleand will be included in plans to open at least 24 new stores, bucking the downbeat high street trend.
The mobile phone business said it will take on the premises as part of its franchise programme as it ploughs investment into boosting its retail presence.
The new franchise stores will lead to at least 100 jobs and will involve an investment of approximately £5.5m.
Vodafone said it hopes the new stores, the first two of which opened this month in Morecambe, Lancashire, and St Austell, Cornwall, will help to "breathe life" into ailing high streets by taking on vacant premises.
A spokesman said: "We are in the process of identifying locations and our search will include Northern Ireland. In addition, we also aim to open another 50 additional stores next year."
New stores will help customers interested in new services such as 5G, and provide support and advice.