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Titanic Quarter convenience retailer makes £680,000 investment in larger premises

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

THE owners of Spar Titanic Quarter have completed a £680,000 investment in larger premises, catering for the rising numbers of residents, businesses and tourists to the area.

The store will remain in the Arc Retail units below the Arc Apartment Homes and directly behind the Premier Inn hotel in the heart of Titanic Quarter, one of Europe's largest urban-waterfront regeneration projects.

Owners Andy Davis and Graham Johnston say the flit to a larger space that will allow them to provide better services to the residents, workers and tourists in the area.

Andy 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-license on site.”

Titanic Quarter has evolved into a world class tourism destination, an educational and media campus, a residential community, and is a location for high-end grade A offices and premium retail outlets.

James Eyre, commercial director of Titanic Quarter, said: “We're delighted to see Andy and Graham investing a further £680,000 in this new flagship store, which will enhance the convenience, food and beverage offerings available to the 18,000 people who live, work and play in this area daily.”

Kevin Hammett from Henderson Group, owners of the Spar brand and franchise in Northern Ireland, added: “Andy and Graham are providing a fitting example of how our stores can adapt to deliver essential services to their local community.”

The area covered by Titanic Quarter, in which £425 million has been invested in the last two decades, provides employment for 5,950 people and has 1,000 permanent residents. It also attracts more than a millions visitors a year to attractions which include Titanic Belfast.

More than 100 national and international organisations are based in the area including Citi, Microsoft, IBM, SAP, HBO, Belfast Metropolitan College, Catalyst Inc, Ulster University and Queen's University.

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