John Lewis Belfast plans in doubt
JOHN Lewis is planning to open in Dublin, taking a section within two floors at department store Arnotts - but creating new uncertainty over its plans in Northern Ireland.
In October Arnotts will open a John Lewis section spanning two floors of its Henry Street shop. It has struck a deal to sell 700 products from the UK chain's own-brand home and lifestyle range, including furniture, lighting and kitchenware.
The chain had been linked to the Sprucefield site outside Lisburn for many years, where planning authorities recently relaxed restrictions.
The retailer has also been linked to the Royal Exchange proposed development in Belfast city centre.