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£4m community supermarket in Banbridge delivers 40 new jobs

The new VixoXtra store which has opened in Banbridge, creating 40 jobs

HENDERSON Retail has pumped £4 million into a new-build community VivoXtra supermarket in Banbridge which has created 40 jobs.

The outlet on the Newry Road brings the Henderson-owned and operated estate of Spar, EuroSpar and VivoXtra stores in Northern Ireland to 97.

The 6,000 sq ft store, built in line with all Covid-19 measures, will also be home to a new Quail’s butchery counter and prominent Windsor Bakery display, both well-known businesses in the Banbridge area.

The site also comprises a six-pump Maxol forecourt and a 72-space car park

Manager John Fox says: “The build took almost a year because we were slightly delayed by Covid lockdowns, which meant revising some of our plans to ensure we have a destination where shoppers can not only get all they need, but they can do it safely.”

It is the first site in Northern Ireland to instal the group’s most advanced payment system, which offers a ‘touchless cash’ process at the checkout.

Working in conjunction with Glory Cash Infinity, Henderson Technology has installed the technology in the full-service checkouts, which means shoppers can still have a personal service, but without any cash touch points between the till operator and shopper.

“Not only does this keep a vital personal service for our shoppers, but it will keep queues to a minimum and footfall flowing, which is really important for safe operations at the moment,” Henderson Group retail director Mark McCammond said.

Other amenities and services include many of Henderson’s own-brand products including The Chef range of restaurant quality pre-prepared mains and sides, an in-store Bakery, Occasions cards, flowers and cakes, and F’real milkshakes and smoothies.

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