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Neville Moore, independent retail business owner
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Storing up confidence

By constantly investing in his four department stores in Northern Ireland, Jersey and north Wales, Neville Moore is ready for an independents’ revival.

HOW WOULD NEVILLE Moore respond to the many commentators who declare that the department store is dead?

“I’d have to say that is an uninformed view,” says the quietly-spoken owner of the Ulster Stores group, which runs a quartet of department stores from Northern Ireland to Jersey. “Some department store businesses – such as House of Fraser and Debenhams – have been allowed to become irrelevant to their local customers. Like many high streets, they offer homogenised retail that displays no point of difference, but I can see retail going back to a time of independents and more individual department stores offering something unique that reflects the needs of their local community.”

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