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Sunday, 10 April 2022 News

POLONEZ OPEN IN LURGAN

POLONEZ OPEN IN LURGAN

Polonez an Eastern European supermarket chain has taken the keys for their latest new format store in Northern Ireland.

The new format 4,000 sqft delicatessen store opened in April 2022 in castle lane Lurgan and will be the second of 10 planned new stores in Northern Ireland.

This retailer has been trading on the...

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Friday, 01 April 2022 News

POLONEZ OPEN NEW FORMAT STORE IN BALLYMENA

POLONEZ OPEN NEW FORMAT STORE IN BALLYMENA

Polonez an Eastern European supermarket chain has taken the keys for the second new format store in Northern Ireland.

This company has some 37 stores on the Island of Ireland with one store trading in Newry, which has been trading in the city for over five years.

The new format 5,000 sqft delicatessen store opened...

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Thursday, 06 January 2022 News

Polonez to upsize in Newry

Polonez to upsize in Newry

Northern Ireland has a rising and established Eastern European population who like anyone else like a taste of home in their lives.

Polonez has been offering this,  like many similar operators in this sector, in normally small 1000/1500 sqft stores.

Over the last few years Polonez has upsized their stores to offer...

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Wednesday, 17 November 2021 News

Polonez to open new format store in Northern Ireland.

Polonez to open new format store in Northern Ireland.

Polonez an Eastern European supermarket chain have taken the keys for the first new format store in Northern Ireland.

This company has some 37 stores on the Island of Ireland with one store trading in Newry, which has been trading in the city for over five year’s.

The new format 4,000 sqft delicatessen store will open in Jan...

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Friday, 12 November 2021 News

Lynas open it's first shopping centre store

Lynas open it's first shopping centre store

Murphy Chartered Surveyors have advised Lynas food outlets on their latest acquisition in Lisnagelvin community shopping centre Derry.

This is the third store the company has opened in Northern Ireland in 2021.

They have leased part of the former Primark that vacated the centre some years ago and face the...

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Thursday, 05 August 2021 News

What next for retail in Northern Ireland

What next for retail in Northern Ireland

As we move into August 2021 retail businesses I have been talking with are starting to get a sense of the retail landscape.

In Northern Ireland, since April 2020, on average, most have been closed for 50% of a 12 months period and been able to open/trade for the last three months.

As businesses review their store performance...

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020 News

The Covid crisis and now Brexit to come

The Covid crisis and now Brexit to come

The impact of coronavirus is one of the “hardest things” I have had to experience in business.

As a one person consultancy working mostly in the retail and leisure world everything went into defensive mode for 9 months.

It has been hard on all levels......however I have embraced the unknown and wait to see...

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Monday, 27 July 2020 News

Joules open in Banbridge

Joules open in Banbridge

Murphy Chartered Surveyors and property consultants have helped Joules identify and acquire their third store in Northern Ireland.

The 2000 sqft store is located in The Boulevard Banbridge.

Joules is a British clothing company which sells clothing and homeware products inspired by British country lifestyles. Its founder...

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Tuesday, 07 July 2020 News

Hand sanitising station

Hand sanitising station

A relative of mine who is a precision rapid response engineer had just closed down the business on the week of the 23 March 2020 when I spoke to him about what he could make.

I suggested he should make some foot activated hand hygiene sanitising stations ( mobile or fixed ) that some of my client could use.

Fast forward three...

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Wednesday, 17 June 2020 News

Hard Choices

Hard Choices

As the economy reopens hard choices have to be made in Northern Ireland.

I had to make the hard choice to sell my horse when there was a market for him and take what the market would pay.

There may not be a market in a few months, with less money around and even further movement restrictions in the equine...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 News

How to shop in-store has changed

How to shop in-store has changed

As more businesses open up, the way we shop has changed.

We are now encouraged to be patient, queue and adopt a no touch common sense approach to only pick up items we really think we are going to buy.

We are seeing some businesses deciding to introduce quarantine procedures for clothes / books for between 48...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 News

We may have to live with covid-19 in retail

We may have to live with covid-19 in retail

As the pandemic unfolds we are now getting a message that we may just have to live with the virus for the foreseeable future.

The economy has shown negative growth in the first quarter of 2020 and the lock down will push the UK into a recession which could last some time as the economy and society adjusts.

So what could be the...

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 News

call pay collect

call pay collect

How is your high street working to date.

My local one is "call, pay and collect" mostly. A few businesses are offering an enhanced service by doing social distancing, waiting zones at the door and some delivery.

The month of April has seen essential local business pushing forward to survive and help the local community in...

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Thursday, 05 March 2020 News

o'neills halo store now open in Belfast city centre

o'neills halo store now open in Belfast city centre

Murphy Chartered Surveyors and property consultants have helped o'neills identify and acquire there latest store in Northern Ireland.

The 9000 sqft halo store is located on Royal Avenue Belfast, in what will become known as o'neills corner.

As someone who is active in country life and the horse world, I would regularly be...

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Friday, 17 January 2020 News

oneills to open in Belfast city centre

oneills to open in Belfast city centre

When my clients oneills said they might look at a Belfast city centre store a few years ago I said I would keep a watching brief. 

The brief was simple, we need 10,000 sqft approx for a total occupational budget of X. 

After identifying the best options in terms of size and planting the seeds with building owners, it...

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