J3873 : Former Gillespie & Wilson, Belfast (2012)

taken 12 years ago, 3 km from Dundonald, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Former Gillespie & Wilson, Belfast (2012)
Former Gillespie & Wilson, Belfast (2012)
Long-established and well-known furniture shop at 411-419 Upper Newtownards Road, just closed.
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.

Nos 411-419 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast

The building is the subject of the following application for planning permission “Z/2013/0335/F 411-419 Upper Newtownards Road , Belfast Part demolition of existing buildings, new shopfronts including entrances and ATM, plant yard enclosure, internal access road and associated works” (approved 31 December 2013). The photographs submitted by me appear as a matter of record only and do not make any comment, for or against the application. I have no connection with any of the parties involved with the proposed development.

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J3873, 198 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Sunday, 1 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 4 July, 2012
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  Suburb, Urban fringe  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 386 739 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.6759N 5:51.3748W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 386 739
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Belfast  Shop (Closed)  Planning Permission Application 

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