Centra's £920k NI investment creates 40 jobs

  • Local retailer Centra has invested £920,000 with three new stores in Northern Ireland, creating 40 new jobs.

    The three new convenience stores are located at Bradbury Place and York Road in Belfast and the Millennium Forum in Derry/Londonderry.

    Centra Millennium Forum, which opened its doors to the public on 9 October, is located on New Market Street in Derry City and is the first store for retailer Conor Kelly.  The shop includes a hot and cold deli, Frank & Honest coffee and a seating area for customers to relax.

    Centra Bradbury Place, located beside Shaftesbury Square in Belfast, opened on 15 October. It is the fourth store for retailers Ricky and Vicky Leathem.  For those embracing a healthier lifestyle, the shop has a range of lighter choices, with fresh salads and sandwiches, courtesy of their Green Kitchen hot and cold deli. The couple also own Centra stores on the Lisburn Road in Belfast, and two stores in Lisburn - Ballynahinch Road and Longstone Street.

    Centra York Road has been rebranded from a MACE store and is owned by retailers Gareth and Tracey Beacom.  The store now too has a brand new hot and cold deli, Frank & Honest coffee, and a wider range of chilled food and ready meals.

    Centra Northern Ireland’s Sales Director, Nigel Maxwell commented: “We are delighted to see these stores coming on stream and the hard work by our teams coming to fruition.  The stores are all trading well, reporting strong sales in their first few weeks and I wish the retailers and their teams every success.”

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