£1m investment at new Cathcart's Centra Toome creates 35 jobs

Pictured at the opening of Cathcart’s Centra Toome is Trevor Magill, managing director of Musgrave NI, with owners Ciara and Ryan Cathcart

RYAN and Ciara Cathcart, owners of three Centra stores in Magherafelt and Ballymena, have opened the doors to a fourth outlet in Toome, a 3,500 sq ft outlet in Roguery Road which represents a £1 million investment and which has created 35 jobs.

Combining high convenience with an expanded food-to-go and grocery offering, the new store also features a Nicholls fuel forecourt along with an extensive parking area for 44 cars.

Owner Ryan Cathcart said: “We're extremely proud to open in Toome and build on the success of our stores in Magherafelt and Ballymena. We look forward to providing customers with a one-stop shop for modern convenience.”

Trevor Magill, managing director for Musgrave in Northern Ireland, added: “We have ambitious plans for the Centra network as we continue to grow our portfolio of stores across Northern Ireland, already above 100.

“Customers will be impressed with what's on offer at Cathcart's Centra Toome, and we're delighted to be again working with Ryan and Ciara Cathcart and wish them and their teams every success.”

Meanwhile family-owned forecourt and convenience retailer Maxol has completed a £120,000 refurbishment of its A26 Tannaghmore Service Station in Antrim as part of an ongoing commitment to improving its retail network.

As well as a fresh and reinvigorated look on the forecourt, A26 Tannaghmore is one of the first Maxol sites to offer Premium, a more environmentally friendly fuel with fewer pollutants. It's roll-out is central to Maxol's wider carbon offset programme that aims to support a number of green initiatives both locally and globally.

Maxol has also expanded its grocery and convenience range as it continues to transition from a fuel brand to a convenience food service brand which also sells fuel. Its Spar grocery section has been extended to offer more than 200 new chilled products and 400 new locally-sourced fresh grocery lines.

Brian Donaldson, chief executive of the £590m turnover Maxol Group, said: “Tannaghmore is our largest site in Northern Ireland, and the continuous improvements we've made ensures it sets the standard in retail innovation, providing customers with the very best forecourt and in-store experience.”

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