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New Skechers store to open at Junction in £410,000 investment

BEST FOOT FORWARD: Paul Gallagher, managing director of Skechers Ireland, with Junction centre manager Chris Flynn and Craig Stewart, senior asset manager of Lotus Property. Picture: Philip Magowan/PressEye

THE Junction Retail & Leisure Park near Antrim has confirmed that high profile American lifestyle and footwear brand Skechers will open its doors at the scheme later this year.

Representing a total investment of £410,000, the new 3,000 sq ft unit will create 12 jobs.

It will also be the first Skechers store in Ireland to offer shoppers a full apparel range and large selection of children's footwear, alongside its world famous lifestyle and performance footwear.

The new store is just one of several leasing deals to be agreed at the Junction.

Two existing tenants - homeware brand Denby and greeting card company Hallmark - also committed to new stores at the Junction, supporting a further 13 jobs within the retail sector.

Under these renewed leases, each of these established brands have moved to new units, creating fresh and improved store concepts with modernised features to enhance the customer experience.

Occupying a combined 3,719 sq. ft of retail space, both stores are now situated adjacent to anchor tenant Next Clearance, outdoor fashion brand Regatta, and leading toy retailer, The Entertainer.

Earlier this year, a £10 million investment plan had been submitted from garden centre retailer, Dobbies to open a 110,000 sq ft store, which will be the brand's second store in Northern Ireland and one of the biggest within its portfolio.

The new store will create in the region of 150 new full and part-time roles, making it one of the biggest employers at the Junction.

Craig Stewart, senior asset manager of Lotus Property, owners of the Junction, said: “It's been an exciting and positive few months at the scheme since the announcement of Dobbies' £10 million investment plans, and we're delighted to announce the arrival of Skechers, which will be a very welcome addition to the Junction.

“The retail industry has been one of the worst affected sectors since the Covid-19 pandemic, but both the Skechers announcement and existing tenancy renewals signal a positive step forward and we're looking forward to sharing further exciting updates regarding The Junction's redevelopment with both retailers and customers in the coming months.”

Managing director of Skechers Ireland, Paul Gallagher, added: “We are delighted to open a new store at the Junction as we continue moving confidently forward with our long-term investment plans in Northern Ireland.

“Our recruitment process has already commenced and we're proud to be bringing new employment opportunities to the local community.”

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