J3374 : "To let" shops, Belfast (1)

taken 12 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

"To let" shops, Belfast (1)
"To let" shops, Belfast (1)
Two vacant and “to let” shops, on the southern side of Wellington Place, near the corner of Upper Queen Street (right). This photograph appears as a matter of record only. I have no connection with any of the parties involved in the letting. See J3374 : Shops, Wellington Place, Belfast (February 2014) for a post-recession view.
Closed, closing and vacant shops. Belfast

On 20 February 2012 the BBC reported “Northern Ireland continues to have the highest town centre shop vacancy rate in the UK, according to a new survey. The survey, on behalf of the British Retail Consortium, recorded high street footfall and shop occupancy. The survey reported that 14% of shops in Northern Ireland's high streets and shopping centres are empty, compared to the UK average of 11%”.
This shared description shows some of the vacant shops in the Belfast City Council district. There are many reasons why shops close including the expiry of a lease, illness/death, redevelopment, corporate acquisitions and rationalisations, reorganisation and insolvency. The photographs submitted by me appear as a matter of record only and do not attempt to comment on the reasons for closure. They should not be used to draw any conclusions and are unlikely to be suitable for business or academic research.
Note added 17 February 2013. This collection probably shows the peak of the recession in Belfast. Some of the premises have since been re-let and are trading with new occupants. I do not intend to add any further photographs taken after today.

Oyster House and Royston House, Belfast

Two adjoining building at the corner of Wellington Place and Upper Queen Street. There are the following planning permissions: (24 January 2017) “LA04/2016/2045/F Alterations to ground floor lobby of Oyster House, extension “and alteration to floors one to seven to rear of Oyster House and Royston House (comprising 2115 square metres of new office floor space) and alterations to elevations on Upper Queen Street and Wellington Place (excluding shop fronts to existing occupied ground floor retail units and restaurants). Lands at 12 to 30 Wellington Place (Oyster House) and 42-46 Upper Queen Street (Royston House) Belfast BT1 6FX” and (18 August 2017) “LA04/2017/0461/F Extensions / Alterations to Oyster House and Royston House comprising of extensions to the 7th floor and 1 additional floor above for offices, an 9 storey lift core extension within the courtyard, creation of roof terrace, alterations to existing elevations and reconfiguration of ground floor to form to 2 new retail units and new entrance lobby on Wellington Place Lands at 12 to 30 Wellington Place (Oyster House) and 42-46 Upper Queen Street (Royston House) Belfast BT1 6FX”.
I have no connection with the developments and cannot enter into correspondence.
Oyster House was originally called Ferguson House.

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J3374, 3632 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Sunday, 26 February, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 26 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 336 740 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.8261N 5:55.9815W
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Irish: geotagged! J 336 740
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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Belfast  Shop (Vacant) 

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