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Porter & Co marks major milestone at £10m development as EuroSpar opens in Lisburn

Bill Porter from Porter & Co (left) with Mark McCammond, retail director at Henderson Group, following the opening of the 8,000sq ft EuroSpar at Wallace Village in Lisburn

CONSTRUCTION firm Porter & Co has completed the first phase of its Wallace Village development in Lisburn, handing over the keys of the new 8,000 sq. ft EuroSpar and adjoining eight-pump petrol station to tenants Henderson Group.

It marks a major milestone for the £10 million scheme, which will see the high spec retail outlet form the heart of the village centre, serving hundreds of households in the area's wider series of residential developments.

Phase two of the development is currently under way, which will see seven townhouses, 12 apartments and five smaller retail units added to the existing mix of residential and commercial property, and is expected to be completed throughout 2019/2020.

Bill Porter, founder and owner of Porter & Co, said: “We're delighted to welcome EuroSpar to Wallace Village. We pride ourselves on the quality of homes we develop, with an attention to detail both inside and out, and it is also important we create a community and village-like environment for residents to enjoy.

"This EuroSpar, with its high-end Quail's butchery, Maud's ice-cream and Barista Bar offering, is a fantastic example of how the right retail element in a mixed-use scheme like this can help build a budding community.”

Mark McCammond, retail director at Henderson Group, added: “This new store is great news for the local community, offering a wide range of fresh, local produce as well as additional services and promotions.”

Located adjacent to Thaxton roundabout at the intersection of Boomer's Way and Prince William Road, the Wallace Village EuroSpar occupies the ground floor of a 22,000 sq ft three-story building which has been finished in Porter & Co's signature rumble brick, natural slate and period-style detailing.

Fionnuala Brennan, relationship manager at First Trust Bank, which provided part investment support for the development, said: “Having worked with Porter First Land for a number of years, we know the importance they place on quality, craftsmanship, as well as service delivery - making them the perfect developer for a project such as this.”

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