TQ CONVENIENCE RETAILER GROWS WITH FURTHER £700,000 INVESTMENT

TQ CONVENIENCE RETAILER GROWS WITH FURTHER £700,000 INVESTMENT

20th December, 2016

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Titanic Quarter Ltd has signed a deal with its existing convenience retailer to open a new SPAR store, doubling the size of their existing operations in the ARC Retail, Titanic Quarter.  The bespoke new convenience store will create an additional 25 jobs in the area and reflects the continued growth of Titanic Quarter.

The 7,000 sq. ft. SPAR will be a new generation store, offering the most innovative service to its customers.  From July 2017, customers will be able to enjoy a wide range of everyday essentials to the best of local produce, as well as an off sales and Post Office.  A sit-in area will help make the store a hub for everyone in Titanic Quarter, be it a quick Barista Bar treat or a Daily Deli lunch.

The ARC Retail is prominently located in the heart of Titanic Quarter on the waterfront below the ARC Apartments which are home to over 1,000 residents.  It is adjacent to the SSE Arena, Citigroup, Belfast Met and Europe’s top tourist attraction, Titanic Belfast.  Annual visitor numbers alone to Titanic Quarter and the SSE Arena are 3.5 million.

James Eyre, Commercial Director at Titanic Quarter Ltd said: “This is the fourth time our convenience retailer has grown in size, capacity and offering since opening in 2013. We are delighted to welcome the SPAR brand to Titanic Quarter and are excited by SPAR’s latest thinking in store design, fit out and product range.

“With 18,000 people working, studying, living and playing in Titanic Quarter daily, plus the draw of Titanic Belfast and the SSE Arena, the ARC Retail is a destination of choice. We hope to see further bars, restaurants and cafés opening here in the near future.”

Titanic Quarter continues to grow with works progressing well on the refurbishment of the Harland and Wolff HQ and Drawing Offices which will open in mid-2017 as the 120-bed ‘Titanic Hotel Belfast’ and visitor experience.  Titanic Quarter has plans to facilitate further developments with a value of £365 million by 2021.

The new SPAR store will be owned and operated by Andy Davis and Graham Johnston, who are the proprietors of the existing convenience store.

Mr. Davis said: “Since opening in 2013 our business in Titanic Quarter has continually grown and this is our fourth expansion in three years. We are investing a further £700,000 in our new SPAR, doubling our workforce in Titanic Quarter to 50 employees.”

Mr. Johnston added:

“There is a diverse mix of customers in Titanic Quarter which is unlike anything else in Northern Ireland.  Our core customer base is made up of people who work in Titanic Quarter and the surrounding area, students, tourists, concert and event goers and residents.  That means that the new SPAR store will be much more than a normal convenience store – the range of produce we stock will be more varied and it will also be a space for people to relax and socialise in.”

Patrick Doody, Sales & Marketing Director, Henderson Wholesale, which owns SPAR in Northern Ireland, said: “The new generation SPAR store opening in Titanic Quarter is a major £700,000 investment by retailers Andy Davis and Graham Johnston in conjunction with the Henderson Group.

“The new store will reflect SPAR’s latest thinking in store design, fit out and range. It will include a sit-in area, perfect for breakfast, lunch and Barista Coffee with treats, while also providing a range of everyday essentials and options for tonight’s tea.  The store will stock a range of locally sourced products and will include an off licence and a Post Office.”