Spar un­der­goes ex­pan­sion worth £680k

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY JOHN MULGREW

A SPAR store in Belfast’s Ti­tanic Quar­ter has ex­panded its business as part of a £680,000 in­vest­ment.

The store will re­main in the re­tail area be­low the Arc apart­ment de­vel­op­ment, but it is mov­ing up to a larger unit nearby in a bid to meet de­mand from res­i­dents, work­ers and tourists.

The shop is owned by Andy Davis and Gra­ham John­ston.

Mr Davis said: “Prior to join­ing the Hen­der­son Group and re­brand­ing as a Spar store, we had been pro­vid­ing an es­sen­tial ser­vice for res­i­dents, work­ers and tourists in the area for four years, so we were con­fi­dent that our new ser­vices, such as Barista Bar cof­fee and a sand­wich lunch of­fer­ing would prove pop­u­lar.

“We have ex­pe­ri­enced a huge amount of growth in the past year and the big­ger unit will al­low us to pro­vide more lunch op­tions, with a new burger, salad and pizza bar, and we’ll also have an off-li­cence on site,” he added.

Ti­tanic Quar­ter is home to the flag­ship Ti­tanic Belfast mu­seum and vis­i­tor cen­tre, as well as a va­ri­ety of busi­nesses, in­clud­ing a new ho­tel whose theme is in­spired by the ill-fated ship built close by over 100 years ago.

James Eyre, com­mer­cial di­rec­tor of Ti­tanic Quar­ter, said: “We are de­lighted to see Andy and Gra­ham in­vest­ing a fur­ther £680,000 in their new Spar flag­ship con­ve­nience store lo­cated in the Arc re­tail in the heart of Ti­tanic Quar­ter.

“The larger store will en­hance the con­ve­nience, food and bev­er­age of­fer­ings avail­able to the 18,000 peo­ple who live, work and play in Ti­tanic Quar­ter daily.”

The firm be­hind Ti­tanic Quar­ter made a loss of £1.3m dur­ing 2016 as it pointed to “chal­leng­ing” con­di­tions in prop­erty de­vel­op­ment as well as im­paired prop­erty val­ues.

James Eyre, com­mer­cial di­rec­tor, Ti­tanic Quar­ter (right), and Andy Davis, co-owner of Spar Ti­tanic Quar­ter, cel­e­brate the new store

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