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New £2.2 million Centra store in Dungannon creates 50 new jobs

Nigel Maxwell, sales director for Centra Northern Ireland and Centra Dungannon owners Sharon Patterson and George Patterson

A NEW Centra store has opened along the M1 in Co Tyrone with the creation of 50 new jobs.

The shop opened in Dungannon on Thursday thanks to a £2.2 million investment.

The new outlet is owned by businessman George Patterson, who also owns fuel business Patterson Oil and a separate Centra store on Gilford Road in Portadown, Co Armagh.

The shop includes hot self-serve food and salad bar Green Kitchen.

It also has a Frank and Honest coffee dock; a Mex-A-Go burrito bar and whipped and soft scoop Mullins ice-cream

The new store features a large seating area on the ground floor.

A children's play area sits alongside additional seating in the Motorway Restaurant on the first floor.

Wi-Fi is available throughout the shop.

A truck park is available on site including overnight facilities and a shower block.

The new store also sells domestic fuel and has charge points for electric cars.

Nigel Maxwell, sales director of Centra Northern Ireland, said the brand wanted to give customers healthy food options.

"At Centra, our focus is on redefining convenience - providing our shoppers with a healthier offering and innovative ranges, particularly in food-to go and our Frank and Honest coffee brand," he said.

"Centra M1 Dungannon is the latest example of our stores responding to the changing needs of the busy consumer. We are delighted to be working with George and his team and wish them every success."

Mr Patterson said he was proud to open the new shop and "build on the success we have had already with the Centra brand and wider team".

"A prime location for those travelling the busy M1 route, we look forward to welcoming customers in-store and providing them with a one-stop shop for modern convenience," he said.

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