Digital technology company Kainos is set to temporarily lease its Bankmore Square site in Belfast to a social enterprise which is planning to create a pop-up street food and independent retail market.
Box Office – a nod to Dublin Road’s cinema history – will host vendors in shipping containers, subject to planning approval.
The rent Kainos receives from the enterprise will be donated to a local charity supporting those in food poverty.
Brendan Mooney, Kainos chief executive, said: “It is important to us that while we are planning for our future, the site at Bankmore Square is temporarily utilised in a positive way, so we are delighted to support Will Neill’s initiative.
“This support reflects our broader commitment to sustainability, ensuring that we have a positive impact on the environment, society and in our local communities.”
Will Neill, founder of the social enterprise that will run the site, added: “I’m delighted that Kainos has agreed to lease the site at Bankmore Square to host our ethical pop-up street food market.
“Belfast is such an exciting, up-and-coming city and having a space like this to showcase the very best of our start-up food and retail vendors will be fantastic for tourism and the local community.”