J3374 : Closed coffee shop, Belfast

taken 9 years ago, near to Shankill, Belfast County Borough, Skegoneill, Cliftonville and Beal Feirste, Northern Ireland

Closed coffee shop, Belfast
Closed coffee shop, Belfast
A former coffee shop J3374 : Seat, Belfast in the ground floor of what was originally Sinclair’s department store J3374 : Clock, Sinclair's, Belfast, at the apex of Lower North Street and Royal Avenue (foreground). The premises were, if my memory is correct, once a branch of the Manchester and Midland. Continue to J3374 : New Tesco Express, Royal Avenue, Belfast (November 2014).
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.

Former "Sinclair's" department store, Belfast

The former Sinclair’s department store, at the corner of Royal Avenue and (lower) North Street was completed in 1926 to a design by James Scott, architect and civil engineer. The present Art Deco facade was added in 1935. In 1918 (eight years before its completion) there were branches of the “Sinclair’s” business at 77,81,85, 87. 89, 91, 93, 97 and 103 Royal Avenue. The store closed in the 1970’s later being converted to shops and offices. Now known as Sinclair House with an address of 89/101 Royal Avenue. There are items of Art Deco architectural detail (mostly on the upper floors) on both the Royal Avenue and North Street sides.
Part of the ground floor, which has frontages to North Street and Royal Avenue, is the subject of the following application for planning permission: “Z/2013/1308/F 7/11/2013 Vacant bank premises Sinclair House 91-93 Royal Avenue Belfast Reconfiguration of internal floor space and external alterations to facade to form new Tesco Express”. Note added 13 July 2014- the Planning Service website discloses the following “PERMISSION HAS BEEN GRANTED 16/05/2014”

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Sunday, 4 March, 2012   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 4 March, 2012
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Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 337 746 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.1157N 5:55.8925W
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Irish: geotagged! J 337 746
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