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Castle Mall welcomes new anchor tenant following £2m investment

A NEW anchor tenant has been announced for Antrim Town's Castle Mall, the first significant investment in the scheme, following its acquisition by local owners Keneagles last August.

Creating 10 jobs, the Lynas Food outlet will open its doors in late autumn, with work starting immediately to restructure part of the mall to facilitate the large 8,500 sq ft store.

The Lynas Food store will be accessible from the central car park, enhancing the exterior wall of the scheme, which has remained untouched since opening its doors in 1980.

Mascott Construction will be carrying out the building work, creating 30 construction jobs in total for the work on the new store.

The new outlet is part of the family-owned wholesaler's ambitious expansion plans to reach 18 stores by 2024 and will carry new product lines including their exclusive restaurant quality ‘Frozen For Freshness' range, own brand Chefs' Selections, big pack fresh chicken fillets, multipack bulk value deals as well as Lynas' extremely popular own-brand butchery label, Causeway Prime.

Lynas Foodservice chief operating officer Gary Mills said: “We're thrilled to see work beginning in Castle Mall for our latest outlet.

“Antrim is going through a huge regeneration and with more investment in the town centre and additional family homes under construction, we see the potential in this catchment area and are delighted to not only bring our product range to the town but also create additional jobs throughout the construction and retail operations.”

Castle Mall centre manager Pamela Minford added: “The power of customer loyalty and an already strong footfall at Castle Mall has led to further retailer investment at the scheme. This has been a positive year for shaping retail and we have been on a growth trajectory since the transfer to the new owners in 2021.

“Lynas Food will reshape Castle Mall completely by opening it up on to central car park and inviting customers to continue their shopping experience right through the centre.

“We have a strong local community in Antrim who want to see Castle Mall succeed and this is just the beginning of our regeneration strategy with further exciting development plans to come soon.”

Located directly across from Antrim Castle Gardens, one of the most unique and historically intact gardens in the UK and Ireland, Castle Mall's rejuvenation facilitated the upsizing and relocation of Holland & Barrett, Specsavers and Card Factory within the centre.

And recently a new Vietnamese-style coffee shop, Banh Boy Antrim, also opened, as well as pet shop Furbies, which is due to open next month.

Antrim and Newtownabbey may councillor Billy Webb said: “ Lynas will undoubtedly be a huge attraction for shoppers and will be key to the further development of this part of Antrim. Working with the private sector, the council has developed ambitious plans for Antrim and looks forward to implementing these over the coming years.”

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