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Skechers, DW Sports and Gap move into Belfast

Belfast city centre is experiencing a rejuvenation following a reduction in rates and new stores from Gap, DW Sports and Skechers are opening in Donegall Place.

Skechers is preparing to open its first standalone store in Northern Ireland at 4-8 Donegall Place, in a former Lipsy unit later this month.

DW Sports, owned by JJB founder Dave Whelan, will open a 12,500 sq ft shop at 49 Donegall Place in a former Topshop store.

Gap opened a 8,000 sq ft shop at 16-20 Donegall Place yesterday (July 23), relocating from a smaller unit in nearby Castle Court shopping centre. The news follows the announcement that the retailer is to close 175 stores across the US.

The moves follow a recent rates revaluation exercise, the first since 2001, which resulted in rates being cut by as much as 55%.

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