Leading interiors brand Neptune is set to open its first Northern Ireland flagship store on Belfast's Ormeau Road this summer, bringing with it up to 20 local direct and indirect jobs.
Based in the iconic Ormeau bakery, Neptune says is renovating the 5000 sq/ft. building to the highest standards.
Planning permission was recently granted for the £750,000 project which will see a large section of the ground floor transformed into a Neptune showroom.
Neptune say their Belfast store will showcase their full collection from kitchen, dining and living, bedroom and bathroom, to outdoor furniture, accessories and lighting.
Fergal McAdam, also the Director of Neptune by Malone & Smyth in Co Fermanagh, found the location for Neptune Belfast in the beautiful and historic Ormeau Bakery building which dates back to 1875.
"The Ormeau Road is a fantastic location and it is a privilege to breathe new life into the iconic Ormeau Bakery,” he said.
“The Ormeau Road area is really taking off with new restaurants, cafes and bars complementing the existing businesses. There is a real buzz and it is the perfect home for Neptune.”
The brand's popularity among discerning customers encouraged him to expand further and create a Neptune flagship store in Belfast.
"We have large numbers of people travelling from Belfast and surrounding areas to our Fermanagh store to access Neptune furniture and accessories.
"This convinced us of the need to open a fully dedicated Neptune store in the city.”
Work on the Neptune Belfast store is due to begin shortly and the store will open its doors in late summer for trading, with an official ‘housewarming’ party in early September providing the perfect opportunity to see Neptune’s new AW17 collection.