CastleCourt Shopping Centre today confirmed the arrival of new centre manager Leona Barr and announced six new food and retail openings for Christmas.

Located in the heart of Belfast city centre on Royal Avenue and home to more than 80 big retail and food brands, CastleCourt is also preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary next year, with further significant lettings announcements expected to be made after the New Year.

With more than 20 years of retail experience under her belt, including a decade at the helm of The Junction Retail & Leisure Park in Antrim, Leona joins CastleCourt to oversee a new period of growth and expansion.

The centre is also looking forward to one of its busiest festive seasons yet with a series of new outlet openings which includes popular home-grown retail fashion specialist SD Kells. One of Northern Ireland’s largest family-owned clothing and homeware retailers with more than 150 staff, SD Kells currently has 10 own-brand stores across Northern Ireland, including a flagship store on Bedford Street.

Childrenswear retailer Peak-A-Bleu brings its premium range of designer clothes to CastleCourt in time for Christmas as men’s fashion retailer Blue Inc returns to CastleCourt – and Northern Ireland – under a new leadership team. The centre will also benefit from a new sustainable fashion and accessories store, 4Good, which will help Oxfam raise vital funds for people in crisis.