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Centra expansion continues with £920,000 investment in three new stores

Centra retailers Ricky and Vicky Leathem with Centra sales director Nigel Maxwell outside the new Bradbury Place store

CENTRA is bringing enhanced convenience to customers across the north with three new stores opening at Bradbury Place and York Road in Belfast and the Millennium Forum in Derry, represent a total investment of £920,000 and creating 40 jobs.

The retailer's Northern Ireland sale director Nigel Maxwell said: “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.

“Our shoppers expect fresh, nutritious, inspiring and delicious food that is quick, easy and value for money. These stores are the latest examples of Centra providing just that and responding to the changing needs of the busy consumer.”

Centra Millennium Forum is located on New Market Street in Derry city and is the first store for retailer Conor Kelly. It offers customers a new and modern experience including a hot and cold deli, Frank & Honest coffee and a comfortable seating area for customers to come in and relax.

Centra Bradbury Place, located beside Shaftesbury Square, is the fourth store for Ricky and Vicky Leathem (the couple also own Centra stores on the Lisburn Road in Belfast and at Ballynahinch Road and Longstone Street in Lisburn).

Centra York Road has been rebranded from a Mace store and is owned by retailers Gareth and Tracey Beacom.

Mr Maxwell added: “We're delighted to see these stores coming on stream and the hard work by our teams coming to fruition. Despite only opening this month the stores are all trading well, reporting strong sales in their first few weeks, and I wish the retailers and their teams every success.”

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