Seven new tenants bringing 75 new jobs have signed up to a Newry shopping complex.
The Quays Shopping Centre will welcome fashion chain Mexx, Sports Direct, which will open an 11,500 sq ft flagship store over two floors, Danish childrenswear retailer Name It, fashion brand ONLY, Danish variety shop Tiger Stores, Chinese restaurant Imperial City and Sabino Hairdressing this month.
The announcement follows the opening of clothing store H&M last year and the new shops will operate alongside existing flagship tenants including Sainsbury's, Debenhams and Next.
Eddie Cull, retail director at Parker Green International which controls the centre said the new names will boost the economy.
"The Quays knows the importance of being forward looking and creative when meeting ever-evolving market conditions, if we are to achieve success in challenging times," he said.
The Quays Complex, Newry, has also significantly developed its role as a mixed use office and retail development with the announcement that Teleperformance will expand its presence at the site, with the creation of up to 200 additional jobs. Teleperformance Contact Centre already employs approximately 600 staff at The Quays site.
The expansion comes despite a dramatic fall in shoppers from the south which costs the Northern Ireland economy up to £270m a year since the border rush three years ago in 2009.