Barrhead to open second Northern Ireland store

Barrhead Northern Ireland expansion
By Linsey McNeill
03/06/2024
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Barrhead Travel has confirmed that its next phase of expansion will focus on Northern Ireland, where it plans to open a second store before the end of 2024. 

The Scotland-based agency chain opened its first shop in Northern Ireland in Belfast in 2017.

It said it has also met growing demand in the region via its homeworking division, launched in 2022.

The site of the new store has not yet been confirmed, with Barrhead looking to recruit experienced agents to ‘help identify local opportunities’.

President Jacqueline Dobson said: “With 2023 being a record-breaking year, we’re so excited to be expanding in Northern Ireland, a place that’s been a fantastic home for us since 2017. 

“We see great opportunities for an agent like Barrhead Travel to grow the high street market here. Northern Irish holidaymakers are very enthusiastic about travel agents and the support we have received from our existing communities over the last seven years has been wonderful.

“What is important for us is firstly identifying the right people for our next location. Our pre-Covid expansion followed this blueprint and has brought us huge success. 

“Ultimately, it’s the local people who know the market better than anyone else, which is why we plan on recruiting first and then working with the team to secure the perfect unit on the right high street. 

“We’re looking for people who are extremely passionate about travel and customer service, but who also love working with their local communities. 

“There are a few specific locations we have in mind – but we’re open to the right opportunity. As well as investing in bricks and mortar, we’ll continue to invest in our people through our industry-leading training and development programmes.”

Barrhead Travel’s recruitment drive in Northern Ireland will create an initial five full-time positions. The new store will bring the group’s retail footprint to 90 locations throughout the UK.

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