The Park Centre

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The Park Centre
The Park Centre
Shopping Centre
Predecessor Belfast Celtic F.C. grounds
Founded 15 April 1985
Founder Brookmount Properties Limited
Headquarters Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Area served
South-West Belfast
Products Shop varieties
Services Shopping Stores, Car Parking, Toilet Facilities, Taxi Services.
Owner Latt Limited
Website www.theparkcentre.co.uk

The Park Centre is a retail and leisure development that was constructed in a largely built-up residential area in South-West Belfast.[1] The complex was constructed by Brookmount Properties Limited and opened on 15 April 1985. Today it is currently owned and operated by Latt Limited.

Retail Stores

In recent times, The Park Centre has had a £400,000 renovation,[2] which included an extension that allowed space for more retail units. Currently, there are 35 shops within the centre. Some of the shops within the Park Centre include JD Sports, Superdrug, The Streat and CeX. The Park Centre currently has anchor tenants that include Dunnes, Iceland and Peacocks.[3] There has recently been the opening of a Subway sandwich store within the complex.

History

Belfast Celtic F.C

The grounds of The Park Centre once used to be the grounds of the Belfast Celtic F.C.[4] Belfast Celtic Football and Athletic Company purchased the ground in 1900 and moved onto the site, then called Celtic Park, in 1901. While at the site, the club won a plethora of trophies and cups before exiting football in 1949, after the Windsor Park Riot of December 1948 left several players badly injured. The ground consisted of a grandstand and covered enclosure known as the Willowbank Stand. As well as football, athletics, boxing, pony trotting and dog racing meetings were held on site. Famously, in 1912, Winston Churchill, then a Liberal MP, addressed a 5,000 strong political meeting on the site, arguing in favour of Irish Home Rule. Later, in the run up to the Easter Rising of 1916, Irish Volunteers drilled at Celtic Park and were inspected in 1915 by Irish Nationalist leader John Redmond. There is now a dedicated retail unit as a museum giving information on the football club and grounds.[5]

Sean Graham Bookmakers

In 1977, the ground was sold to Sean Graham Bookmakers Ltd who continued to run greyhound meetings at the Park, but this was unsuccessful, due to the political and economic unrest at the time.

Brookmount Properties

The 11 acre site was acquired by Brookmount Properties Limited from Belfast Sport and Leisure in 1982, and a planning permission application was submitted in 1983 to build the shopping complex. The Park Centre opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1985. It was one of 3 such centres in the whole of Northern Ireland at this specific time.

References

  1. http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/park-centre-belfast
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