Big re­tail names set up shop in Ban­bridge and Ban­gor cen­tres

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY EMMA DEIGHAN

CO DOWN dis­count shop­ping vil­lage, The Out­let, has wel­comed three new re­tail­ers rep­re­sent­ing an in­vest­ment of over £100,000.

The ar­rival of Pro­cook, an English cook­wear com­pany, Klass, a ladieswear re­tailer and greet­ing cards spe­cial­ist Card Cen­tre has cre­ated 15 new jobs at the shop­ping des­ti­na­tion.

Pro­cook’s res­i­dency marks the first time the brand has set up shop on the is­land of Ire­land. It al­ready has 31 units in Eng­land.

It is hoped that the three new stores will fur­ther con­trib­ute to foot­fall at the cen­tre, which The Out­let said had grown 18% since April 2016.

Chris Nelmes, cen­tre man­ager at The Out­let, said: “The new stores will be a great ad­di­tion for shop­pers in the run-up to the busy Christ­mas shop­ping pe­riod and there will be plenty of of­fers across all stores.”

Mean­while in Ban­gor, Bloom­field Shop­ping Cen­tre has wel­comed sportwear re­tailer JD Sports which will oc­cupy a 3,600 sq ft unit at the en­trance to the main mall next to the newly-opened Su­per­drug.

An­drew Knox, sur­veyor at Lis­ney Belfast — com­mer­cial prop­erty agents for cen­tre own­ers — El­landi said: “This deal adds to a num­ber of re­cent let­tings that Lis­ney has se­cured, in­clud­ing Next, Su­per­drug, Spec­savers, Hol­land & Bar­ratt and The Works, fur­ther en­hanc­ing the tenant port­fo­lio at the cen­tre.”

Bloom­field Shop­ping Cen­tre and Re­tail Park is a 420,000 sq ft scheme on the A2 South Cir­cu­lar Road on the out­skirts of Ban­gor. It is also home to Laura Ash­ley, DW Sports Home and Mcdon­ald’s.

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