Two well-known retailers to create 37 new jobs in Belfast

Pictured at the new Mace store in west Belfast are one of the store owners, Marie MacNeice and Tom Kinnier, wholesale sales manager, Musgrave

TWO well-known retailers are creating a total of 37 jobs in Belfast through new stores.

Discount retailer B&M has announced it is set to create 25 jobs through a new shop at Drumkeen Retail Park, while Mace has opened a new 'store of the future' in west Belfast, resulting in 12 new positions.

The former JJB store at the south east Belfast retail park is to be the home for the new B&M outlet, adding to the 560 stores located across the UK. Job roles are advertised on the B&M careers website and range from sales assistant, to floor managers and cleaners.

Speaking about the new store, due to open its doors at 9am on March 9, a B&M spokesperson said: “We're feeling really positive about the creation of even more jobs for local people and we hope customers are going to be delighted with their new store. We are all really excited to get the doors open and welcome our new customers through the door in a few weeks.”

Meanwhile Mace, which is owned by Musgrave (NI), has just unveiled its first ever ‘store of the future' at Caffrey Court, just off the busy Glen Road, creating 12 jobs and bringing significant investment to the local economy.

Store owner Marie McNeice believes the new store will help to redefine the local convenience market.

"People expect more from their convenience shopping experience and our store is very much in response to that expectation," she said.

In addition to new features including a fresh and modern visual identity as well as the latest technology the owners have also introduced two new food and drink areas, Munch & Co and premium coffee brand 9 Grams, which they hope will become destinations in their own right.

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