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Three new stores open on Cookstown main street in £1m investment

Pictured in Cookstown’s new CeX store are Lambert Smith Hampton’s retail team Tony Kernan, Gary Martin and Ryan Kee. The store is one of three new offerings on Cookstown's main street
Gareth McKeown

A £1M investment has created three new stores on Cookstown's main street and 15 jobs.

In a major retail boost for the Co Tyrone town and the high street as a whole multinational retailers Specsavers, CeX and DV8 have opened new premises that total 11,100 square foot.

Opticians Specsavers and technology and entertainment firm CeX are both new additions to Cookstown, whole clothing outlet DV8 has relocated and upsized.

The investment has created 15 new jobs for the local economy.

Lambert Smith Hampton's retail team was actively involved in all three new transactions and associate director Gary Martin said the investment was a "sign of confidence" in Northern Ireland's provincial retail offering.

"These new retailers add to an already diverse mix of stores on Cookstown's main street," he said.

Mr Martin said the investment was part of a resurgence of high street retail across the north.

"We've seen a strong demand from retailers trying to secure units in other towns such as Omagh, Enniskillen and Downpatrick. While consumers are still attracted to large shopping centres and Belfast as a retail destination, our regional towns still have much to offer and this demand highlights the continued revitalisation of our high streets.”

Mid Ulster District Council chairman Trevor Wilson added:

“One of our key priorities as a Council is to create the conditions for growth in Mid Ulster and we are delighted to see this investment in Cookstown which has delivered business and employment opportunities to the town.We wish the new traders continued success.”

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