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New £2.6m Co Down Eurospar creates 40 jobs

Oonagh Murtagh, ?head of Danske Bank’s South Business Centre and Carol McCready, business manager at Danske Bank with Chris McDonald, owner of Moundview Service Station.
Gareth McKeown

A NEW £2.6 million Eurospar store has opened in Co Down, creating 40 jobs.

The 6,000 sq ft premises in Dromore opened in June and is the 62nd Eurospar in the north, with the 63rd due to open in the Skeoge area of Derry in November.

The new Moundview Eurospar in Dromore is three times larger than the previous store on the Hillsborough Road site, with an extensive build project undertaken to create the new store, which involved the construction of a new multi-storey complex, major landscaping and the installation of fuel tanks.

Owner of Moundview Service Station, Chris McDonald the new store is now more than just a convenience store, with customers now able to avail of the "complete shopping experience" under the Henderson Group, who own or lease stores under the Eurospar brand in the north.

“We demolished our old store and converted the space into additional car parking. We opened under the Eurospar brand as The Henderson Group's range of products and same day delivery means we can fulfil the needs of our customers. The new store has a butcher's counter, salad bar and Barista Bar coffee station and offers a wide variety of locally sourced products, available through Henderson's enjoy local and The Kitchen ranges. The store is very much a family business. My wife Clare played an instrumental role throughout the build project and my five children are all employees."

“We opened at the start of June and the response from customers so far has been overwhelming. Customers have told me they don't feel the need to go outside of Dromore for groceries as they have everything they need under one roof," he added.

Carol McCready, business manager at Danske Bank, who supported the investment, added: “This investment is great news for the local area with new job opportunities and a modern retail complex that caters for local residents' needs. The larger store is a sign of confidence in the town by the owner and is an important part of the local community."

Last week the Lynch family, who operate a network of stores across the Derry area, announced they are opening a new 7,000 sq ft (650 sq m) Eurospar in the Skeoge area in November, creating more than 50 jobs.

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