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; which is also located in Belfast and Foyleside, Londonderry.
^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