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Belfast’s Queens Arcade to shine with arrival of luxury brands


The rejuvenation of the iconic Queens Arcade in Belfast is set to be given a further boost with the arrival of four new luxury brands

OMEGA, Breitling, Gucci Watches & Jewellery and Montblanc will add to the growing list of high-end brands at the arcade, which is owned by Lunn’s the Jewellers.

They will each have their own dedicated showroom and sit alongside Lunn’s flagship store, Rolex, TAG Heuer, Jonathan Keys Opticians & Robinson’s Shoes.

Work on the new stores is set to begin shortly and 20 new full and part time jobs will be created once construction is complete, scheduled for December 2021.

The listed arcade was extensively restored by Lunn’s in 2019, including the restoration of the buildings façade on Donegall Place, a new bespoke Italian floor and the renovation of the plasterwork on the interior.

“The opening of standalone boutiques for these luxury brands is a huge endorsement for Belfast as very few cities in the UK are able to enjoy this mix of stores,” John Lunn, Managing Director of Lunns the Jewellers, said. “We are excited about the future for Queen’s Arcade and will continue to invest to make it one of the premier shopping destinations in Ireland.”

Designed by James McKinnon and built in 1880, Queen’s Arcade is a Category B1 listed building and Belfast’s last remaining Victorian shopping arcade. It was purchased by Lunn’s the Jewellers in 2002.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Kate Nicholl welcomed the new arrivals.

“It’s wonderful to see this investment in our city’s heritage; Queen’s Arcade is really special – a listed building and the last remaining Victorian shopping arcade in Belfast, so I’m delighted that this continued investment will help ensure it is enjoyed for many years to come.

“I think it shows a real vote of confidence in Belfast that we are attracting brands of this calibre to our high street and creating more choice, not just for our own residents, but for visitors to the city as well as tourists; and the creation of more jobs is very welcome, particularly as we look ahead to the city’s Covid-recovery journey and reimagine our city centre.”

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