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Henderson brothers invest £1.5m in new-look Ballymoney store

The Ballymoney store has almost doubled in size thanks to a £1.5m investment
The Ballymoney store has almost doubled in size thanks to a £1.5m investment The Ballymoney store has almost doubled in size thanks to a £1.5m investment

INDEPENDENT retailers Crawford and Richard Henderson, who run a number of retail outlets across Northern Ireland and Scotland, have reopened their Spar Milltown Road store in Ballymoney following a £1.5 million investment which led to the creation of a number of new part- and full-time positions.

Almost doubling in size, the now 5,500 sq ft store offers an extended range of locally sourced products, a much larger grocery range plus a new deli and hot food counter which complement the variety of services the brothers offer in their complex on the Milltown Road.

Crawford and Richard say their aim was to provide an even more enhanced range of products and services for their local community, at a time when value and local retailing is at its most important.

Richard said “We've been trading with Spar for the past 30 years, but neighbourhood retailing has never been more important than in the past few years as shoppers look for value local products, trusted faces on the shop floor and a wider variety of everyday essentials.”

The forecourt has also been given a makeover with six new Solo-branded pumps, all with ‘pay at the pump’ options.

The store - which also has a Post Office - provides more than 100 car parking spaces, serving it and the adjacent V2 Discount store (which has also had a renovation), the Bottle Stop, MAO Chinese and Gareth’s chip shop.

Paddy Doody, sales and marketing director at Henderson Group, which owns Spar in Northern Ireland, said: “Richard and Crawford are highly experienced retailers, bringing exactly what their shoppers want in Ballymoney.

“Their new-look Spar is of the highest specification, includes two new self-scan checkouts to bring even more efficiency to the customer shopping experience, as well as a variety of locally-sourced fresh and ambient products.”