Primark Fire was Game Changer for Belfast - Retail NI on 1st Anniversary

As the first anniversary of the Primark Fire approaches, Retail NI has welcomed progress in rejuvenating the area around Bank Buildings and called for ‘bold, radical and new vision for a 21st century Belfast City Centre”.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“The past year has been has been a huge challenge for the City Centre and its traders. Its has been incredibly tough for the traders particularly those in Castle Street and the cordon”

“This whole crisis has shown just how resilient city centre traders really are”

“We are making solid progress in restoring that part of the City Centre, but we must go further and faster”

“While the fire was a terrible tragedy, the one positive from it was that it has turbo charged a new debate amongst consumers, traders and political leaders about what type of City Centre we want for the future”

“Looking to the future it has to be more inclusive, accessible and more family-friendly for shoppers and tourists. Retail NI is very ambitious for Belfast and we believe that a 21st Century city centre can be created with a dynamic retail and hospitality offer.

“Above all else, it also needs to be a fun place for families to visit and enjoy”

“Retail NI is ambitious for Belfast and with the right level of support and an enabling policy framework, the city could become one of the UK and Ireland’s top retail destinations”

“In our discussions with Government, Retail NI will continue to lobby for a wider City Rejuvenation Fund to make this radical new vision a reality”


Glyn Roberts 07515710517