Mace Store Opens in Titanic Quarter

Mace Store Opens in Titanic Quarter

12th May, 2013

 

Titanic Quarter has welcomed the opening of Mace, its first convenience store.   Located within the award-winning ARC Residential Complex, now home to almost 1,000 people, the new 2,700 sq ft shop is close to Titanic Belfast, Belfast Metropolitan College and the Nomadic tourist attraction.

Annual footfall in Titanic Quarter has grown strongly in recent years following the opening of Titanic Belfast and other Titanic heritage assets.  In its first year since opening Titanic Belfast has attracted over 800,000 visitors.

Strong visitor numbers plus Titanic Quarter’s increasing popularity as a venue for major open air events such as last year’s MTV concert are expected to attract further retail stores, restaurants and cafés to the waterfront redevelopment scheme.  Titanic Quarter is already home to almost a dozen eateries and leisure facilities including the T13 Urban Sports Park and Dock café. 

James Eyre, who is responsible for lettings at Titanic Quarter, said:

“Titanic Quarter is delighted to welcome Mace to the ARC Residential Complex as an important addition to our thriving leisure offering.   We expect this to be one of many retailers to serve the growing numbers of people visiting and working in the area.  For those living in the apartments above it’s a real advantage to their daily lives.

“With some 100 businesses already based in Titanic Quarter and almost 15,000 people working, studying and living in the area, the new store augurs well for further retail and leisure lettings.

“The growth of footfall in Titanic Quarter has been extraordinary in recent years and the opening of the Mace is another example of the ongoing transformation taking place in this part of Belfast.”

The new Mace store is owned by Andrew Davis and Graham Johnston, who already run two Mace stores in Ballynure and on Belfast’s Lisburn Road. 

Andrew Davis added:

“This is our third Mace store and we’re looking forward to providing residents, workers, students and visitors to Titanic Quarter with a mix of great quality and great value food and goods. We are delighted with the welcome we have already had and see the great potential that this place has created.

“We’re particularly pleased that we’ll be able to offer our popular own-brand Green Deli counter, which will sell and deliver freshly made lunches and breakfasts throughout the wider Titanic Quarter area.  Fit-out of the store took just a few weeks and we’re already enjoying meeting some of our new regular customers.”

Titanic Quarter also received a boost last week when it was Highly Commended in the regeneration category of the UK-wide Property Week awards.  The Belfast development was the only non-English finalist in competition, coming ahead of developments such as London’s Olympic Park and Wembley City, an 85-acre scheme at the famous stadium.  

Over the next decade Titanic Quarter aims to attract two million visitors annually, provide employment for 30,000 people and secure 10,000 residents, underpinning its ambition to be one of Europe’s great transformation projects.