Big ripples ahead for Rushmere as Spoon Street opens fifth store

TREAT IN STORE: Self-serve frozen yogurt brand Spoon Street is opening at Rushmere shopping centre, creating 10 jobs

SELF-serve frozen yogurt chain Spoon Street plans to open at Rushmere shopping centre as part of renewed growth plans to add new stores and jobs across the north.

Created by young entrepreneurs Harry and Katie Wang, who opened their first store in 2014, it has since brought its US-inspired yogurt concept and eco-friendly credentials to other Belfast locations at Anne Street, Lisburn Road and Ballyhackamore as well as Lisburn Leisureplex.

The Spoon Street brand was acquired by the Newry-based owner of restaurant chain Eddie Rockets, Justin Ward, in 2019.

Spoon Street's latest venture will create 10 new jobs when the Rushmore store opens on Friday.

The concept has proved a hit with customers who get to pour their own ‘froyo' from a multi award-winning selection of 16 flavours and 45 toppings using biodegradable spoons, with gluten-free, sugar-free, nut-free, vegan-friendly, vegetarian, low-fat and fat-free options all available.

Director Justin Ward said his new outlet, strategically located in one of the region's largest and most successful shopping centres, “is only the next stop in our new plan for growth”.

He said: “We're thrilled to confirm our new store will open for eat in, takeaway or home delivery, and it's a foodie concept we intend bringing to thousands more customers outside the Belfast area.”

Rushmere centre manager Martin Walsh said: “Since fully reopening in May with record-breaking visit numbers, we've been been keen to add to our strong mix of retail stores and names with a fresh focus on hospitality, and I'm thrilled Spoon Street has chosen us as part of its expansion plans.”

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