CastleCourt

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CastleCourt
Castlecourt Shopping Centre - geograph.org.uk - 1305252.jpg
Outside CastleCourt in 2009
Opening date Late 1980s [1]
Owner Hermes
No. of stores and services 126 [2]
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area ~31,121m² [3]
Parking 160 [4]
No. of floors 2

CastleCourt is a shopping centre on Royal Avenue in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is Northern Ireland's third largest shopping centre after Victoria Square and Foyleside in Derry and has approximately 16 million visits a year.[3] Sale densities at CastleCourt rank in the top 10% in the country.[3]

History[edit]

Outside, showing Debenhams in 2010
Inside in 2010

The centre was built by John Laing on the site of the former Grand Central Hotel .The prestigious nature of the development made it a target for the Provisional IRA; the centre was bombed five times during its construction, four times after it opened, and suffered incendiary bomb attacks.It is now the third largest shopping complex in Northern Ireland after the construction of the new Victoria Square shopping centre;[5] which is also located in Belfast and Foyleside,[6] Londonderry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shopping in Belfast
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c Westfield Group - Westfield CastleCourt
  4. ^ http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/shortbreaks/product.aspx?ProductID=1719
  5. ^ Sharrock, David. Belfast basks in new kind of boom; Confusion surrounds attempts to attract foreign investment but on the city's streets the tills are ringing in the benefits of peace. The Guardian 1994-12-14
  6. ^ "Foyleside 'About us'". Archived from the original on 2006-10-31. Retrieved 2006-12-11. 

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Coordinates: 54°36′1″N 5°55′53″W / 54.60028°N 5.93139°W / 54.60028; -5.93139