Supermarket chain Waitrose is gearing up to take on the big players in Northern Ireland, with its first store planned for Holywood
Well-placed sources in the industry have confirmed that plans are very well advanced, with the first store expected to open within two years.
It is understood the gourmet grocer is considering sites in Holywood (which is first on the list), Belfast, Ballymena, Coleraine and Lisburn.
Speculation has been rife for some time that the luxury supermarket had its eyes on the region, but confirmation of its foray into the local market is now expected in the coming months.
Could be an interesting adition to Shopping in the Holywood area