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Tuesday, 28 July 2020 News

Bravissimo not to reopen in Belfast

Bravissimo not to reopen in Belfast

It's always a sad time when a client closes a store you have helped them open

Our client bravissimo, which was directed to close as a consequence of the pandemic, has led to the company re planning its business, so they have taken the decision not to reopen their Royal Avenue store and surrender their lease back to the landlord.

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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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Wednesday, 17 June 2020 News

The green light

The green light

I am starting to get calls from managing agents and landlords asking if I know when some of my non essential retail clients are opening.

It's great to get a call after three months of no activity.

However, I am sure like most multi site business that have been given the green light, they will open when they can, if they think...

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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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Monday, 11 May 2020 News

lease renewal in a pandemic

lease renewal in a pandemic

I have various clients who have lease renewals and rent reviews in Northern Ireland at the moment.

Some are historic from 2019 and some are coming up within what is the pandemic Covid-19 period.

It is amazing the views that different people are taking at this time, thinking that the past in any way will mirror the future in...

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 News

social distancing and phased opening's

social distancing and phased opening's

Phased opening's due to social distancing is what some businesses are considering at the moment.

Social distancing will play a BIG part in which stores non-essential retailers decide to open first.

They are likely to choose those locations that are the least affected and most likely to make a profit in the short term,...

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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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Monday, 13 April 2020 News

Mass rent default

Mass rent default

As we move forward into week four of the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown by the government, thousands of businesses in the UK and Ireland are planning to or are in the process of withholding or considering withholding rents depending, when these have been demanded.

This will not be a one off, but an ongoing process as the...

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Friday, 10 April 2020 News

Beyond the Covid-19 lockdown - we will all get it at some point

Beyond the Covid-19 lockdown - we will all get it at some point

I am sure, like me, you are consuming news and information on the virus and how to deal with it from a personal and business point of view.

We are all going to get it eventually, it's just when, how bad and if you need help, can you get it.

At this point we are in a lock down holding pattern....we will all be out on "prisoner...

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Friday, 06 March 2020 News

Card Factory renew lease in Castle court

Card Factory renew lease in Castle court

Murphy Chartered Surveyors and Property Consultants, one of N Ireland’s leading retail and leisure estate agents, have helped Card Factory with their lease renewal negotiations in Belfast's Castle court.

As our client come's close to the end of a 10 year period in the scheme, they have taken stock of the current trading level and...

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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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