Junction reopens with two new tenants

Two new tenants have taken up leases at the Junction ahead of its reopening after lockdown
Two new tenants have taken up leases at the Junction ahead of its reopening after lockdown

WITH hundreds of retailers across the north reopening today after four months locked up, the Junction in Antrim is welcoming two new tenants after a combined investment of £120,000.

And the two leasing deals for Heat MMA and Synge & Byrne, over a total retail space of 6,500 sq ft, are creating 15 jobs.

The 4,733 sq ft Heat martial arts fitness club offers a fully equipped gym, personal training and a schedule of classes for both adults and children.

The family-run business has been in operation since 2012 but has seen demand for its particular style of coaching and training rise in recent years, driven further by a year of lockdown and home training.

Café brand Synge & Byrne is opening its 15th store, adding to the Junction's already strong roster of food and beverage outlets and flying the flag for local produce.

Customers to the newly fitted out 1,724 sq ft establishment will benefit from the brand’s fresh approach to traditional favourites, all sourced from suppliers such as Yellow Door, Java Republic or fresh from Synge & Byrne's own bakery.

Junction centre director Chris Flynn said: “After months of closure, opening with two new store experiences is the perfect way to welcome our loyal customers back and hopefully encourage some new shoppers.

“The arrival of Heat MMA complements our existing sports credentials perfectly with anchor tenants Nike and Asics and Synge & Byrne is a fantastic addition.”

Craig Stewart, senior asset manager at Junction's owners Lotus Property, added: “We’re encouraged by these two new leasing deals, which were completed as we awaited the Executive’s definitive dates for easing of lockdown restrictions.

“We know from last year’s reopening that the bounce back was strong as consumer demand to get out and about provided our tenants with the much-needed boost they needed after a tough few months.

“This lockdown period has arguably been the hardest so we’re expecting a significant level of footfall to the scheme.

“The fact we’re one of only a few fully outdoor shopping and leisure destinations means we can also welcome back the more cautious customer and ensure that all staff, tenants and customers feel comfortable to visit, stay longer and most importantly return, following a positive experience.”

He added: “These latest developments are the first in a pipeline of positive leasing activity that’s happening at The Junction, so watch this space for more exciting news in the coming weeks and months.”