While B&Q and Secret Sainsburys have occupied their units at Holywood Exchange for many years now, the other side of the roundabout remained built but unoccupied. Then the Swedish
chef furniture giant Ikea arrived last year.
Jim Rodgers confirmed before he left office as Lord Mayor that two firms were lined up to fill the unoccupied units. At the time he wouldn’t name them, but it looks pretty certain that it’s going to be a homeware-fest with Next (who have advertised vacancies) and Harvey Norman (an Australian electrical and home furnishings company). Thanks to Andrew for the tip-off.
There was talk of Next coming to Holywood Exchange all the way back in 2004, with the Irish News reporting that the Belfast Chamber of Trade wanted to appeal the planning decision. But patience has been rewarded.