THE North’s biggest independent furniture retailer has confirmed its plans to take over the former Linton and Robinson store in Strabane.
House Proud Furnishings Ltd, which already has seven stores across the country, including bases in Omagh, Lisburn and Ballymena, will move into the former department store on Abercorn Square later this year.
A spokesperson for the chain told this newspaper that it would take at least “a couple of months” before the new Strabane store opens its doors.
Stocking a range of sofas, mattresses as well as bedroom, living room and dining room furniture, House Proud will also be bringing a number of jobs to the town, although it is not yet known how many that will be.
“I think this is very good news for Strabane,” said Independent councillor Patsy Kelly. “It will breathe life back into that part of the town. I would welcome the creation of jobs, whether that is one or 20 jobs. It will bring the building and that part of the town centre back to life.”
The iconic Linton and Robinson store in Strabane was sold earlier this year prior to it going under the hammer in Belfast.
The maximum reserve was initially listed as £225,000 but according to a spokesperson from the auctioneers, Osborne-King the purchased prize went beyond that figure.
Situated on Abercorn Square, Linton and Robinson closed four years ago with the loss of dozens of jobs.
The building, which went up for sale in 2013 after the company went into administration, had previously been on the market for £550,000. However whilst it was reported at that time that several offers were made for the property, none were accepted and the former department store was subsequently withdrawn from the market.
The company had been in the town for almost 60 years, though the building had a history which stretched back far beyond that. In the early part of the last century, the ‘Temperance Hotel’ operated on the site.
Posted: 12:42 pm August 12, 2017