J3474 : Former "InShops", Belfast

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

Former "InShops", Belfast
Former "InShops", Belfast
Part of the now-closed “InShops” facing High Street.
The "InShops", Belfast

The “InShops”, on the ground floor of the “Hi park” J3474 : The "Hi-park", Belfast multi-storey car park, provide accommodation for small traders. My understanding of the concept is that they allow a small trader to start a business without being tied to a long lease. Some of the shops have a street frontage (and might not be affected) and some are inside – a bit like the original Smithfield Market. The local media reported this week that the operation will close by the end of June 2012. The explanation given is that the cost, to the “InShops” operator, of a new lease of the ground floor would make it uneconomic to continue. Note: the photographs submitted by me appear as a matter of record only and do not make any comment, for or against, the closure. The ground floor, vacant since the closure of the shops, is the subject of the following application for planning permission: “Z/2014/0312/F 6/03/2014 Former In Shops Shopping Centre 71-72 High Street Belfast Refurbishment of existing building to provide a new shop front facing High Street and other alterations to Pottingers Entry and Church Lane elevations Lidl NI GmbH”. Permission was given on 12 August 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.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 14 October, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 14 October, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 340 744 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.0078N 5:55.5730W
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Irish: geotagged! J 340 744
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Belfast  Shops (Disused)  Multi-Storey Car Park 

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