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H&M SIGNS UP FOR 1,300 SQM STORE IN BELFAST’S FORESTSIDE SHOPPING CENTRE

Leading international fashion brand H&M has signed up to take a major new store in the 304,000 sq ft (28,240 sqm) Forestside shopping centre which is part of the AFG Properties retail portfolio.

Forestside Shopping Centre is a stand-alone shopping mall located within an affluent catchment on the outskirts of Belfast. As Belfast’s premier out-of-town shopping centre, it occupies a prime location south east of the city and annually attracts over 100,000 shoppers per week.

H&M will trade in a 14,000 sq ft unit at the heart of the central mall next door to the recently extended Next. The retailer will join a strong line-up anchored by M&S and Dunnes and a Sainsbury’s superstore and will complement an impressive tenant mix that also includes major High Street brands including New Look, Goldsmiths, Clarks, Monsoon, Oasis, Warehouse, H Samuel and Boots.

Work to prepare H&M’s unit is underway so that the fashion retailer can begin to fit out in late March with a May 2014 opening.

Commenting on the new addition, Gerry Hughes of AFG Properties said: “Forestside is a very successful centre with a great tenant line-up and an affluent and loyal catchment. Adding to the recently expanded Next store at the heart of Forestside with a top brand like H&M in a substantial unit will create a strong focal point linking the three major anchors.”

Agents for Forestside are CBRE and BTW Shiells.

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