New Hospitality And Leisure Facility To Be Developed At Belfast's CastleCourt Shopping Centre
The top two floors of the former Debenhams store in Belfast's CastleCourt Shopping Centre will be converted into a hospitality and leisure facility.
According to The Irish News, new plans created by CastleCourt involve converting the top two floors of the 80,000 square foot of the former department store unit into facility that is expected to include a new restaurant, a bar with a cinema screen, crazy golf, laser quest, escape rooms and virtual reality experiences.
It is reportedly expected that two new tenants will be announced in the coming weeks.
The unit's ground floor will reportedly remain as a designated retail space.
The news of the plans for the former Debenhams store reportedly comes as the Clover Group is preparing to open a new bar and restaurant called Folk Town at Bank Square in an area that was previously used by CastleCourt as a service yard.
It is reportedly understood that Folk Town will have a trad theme.
CastleCourt Centre Manager Statements
The Irish News quotes CastleCourt centre manager Leona Barr as saying, "Multi-channel retail, leisure and hospitality, it all goes hand-in-hand.
"Debenhams was a sad loss, but what’s happening now fits with our ambition for the centre and the area.
"There are 15,000 to 16,000 students coming, there are key developments around CastleCourt and there is residential development going on. We have to work in line with what's going on around us and be able to offer students something to do beyond just shopping. It's the same for families."
Barr also reportedly said there has been a lot of interest in the former Debenhams store's ground floor retail space, but that the centre has not "worked out what that is going to look like at the minute", and that the new retailer should be in place by the time the planned hospitality and leisure facility is completed and ready to launch in 2022.
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