Co Antrim family invests £200,000 in new convenience store

Deli manager, Mairead McFerran, with store owners Frank and Gerard Boyd.
Kelly McAllister

A NEW MACE convenience store has opened in Toomebridge following a £200,000 investment, creating 30 new jobs for the area.

The store owners, the Boyd family, invested in the new ‘store of the future' which has increased in size from 800 sq ft to 2,000.

The new Co Antrim store features the latest in energy-saving technology from environmentally friendly fridges to state-of-the-art kitchen equipment.

It is the second shop owned by the Boyd family to open in Toomebridge - the first was opened in 1964.

MACE is a local convenience brand owned by the Musgrave group, which also operates the SuperValu and Centra brands.

Maurice Cusack, MACE Marketing Manager, said: “The Boyd family have completely transformed the local convenience market for people in Toomebridge and the surrounding areas.

“Outside, customers will notice bold changes to the look and feel of the store with new branding using the contemporary MACE colour palate, creating a striking, fresh and modern store frontage.

“Inside, the store showcases the latest thinking in retail with concepts including premium Frank and Honest Coffee which is the largest coffee brand on the island of Ireland.”

In other job news, AXA Insurance has announced plans to recruit 60 full-time staff at its Derry call centre. The company is already one of the largest employers in the north west, with over 300 staff.

Head of DCC Operations for AXA, Sean Harnett said recruitment for the new customer service representatives will begin immediately.

“We have a very substantial operation in Derry and there is great potential for successful applicants to develop long-term careers with the company here," he said. For more information visit:

Meanwhile INSTIL Software, a provider of bespoke software solutions and training services, is investing over the next 12 months to recruit an additional 10 staff in Belfast to support its global growth plans.

The company recently moved to grade A offices in Belfast's Linen Loft and signed a licensing deal for its multi-video streaming product Surge. The investment will help to accelerate product growth in this specific market.

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