They added: “Unfortunately, we were unable to find a path to the long-term viability of the store, which as you may know was also heavily impacted by the Primark fire – although that didn’t help, the decision to shut down was not specifically related to this.
“We expect the store to close at the end of the lease within the next 12 months. We don’t expect it to close in the next 6 months. I want to reassure you that this is an isolated decision and that we will continue to serve customers at our other nine stores in Belfast.
“In addition to our existing stores in Belfast, we have also secured a new location for a Tesco Express in Belfast city center to help us continue to serve our customers.
“Our priority now is to support our colleagues and to work with those who wish to find an alternative position in one of our other stores in Belfast.
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“As a company we also remain committed to investing in Northern Ireland, with over 9,000 colleagues in 56 stores, and supporting the food industry in Northern Ireland. This is an isolated decision and no other store in Northern Ireland is affected ”
Belfast Deputy Mayor Paul McCusker shared the announcement on Twitter this afternoon, saying it was “another loss in Belfast city center”.