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Abbeycentre cheer as two more fashion outlets open

By Staff Reporter

The Abbeycentre in Co Antrim has said just one of its 70 stores remains empty after two new retailers opened up shop.

Men's clothes shop Jack & Jones has started trading from a 1,850 sq ft unit, while value ladieswear chain Bon Marche has also started up.

A number of other traders have upsized their operations in the centre, including hair and beauty firm Sally, health shop Holland & Barrett, fashion shop Vogue and jeweller Argento.

Other newcomers include Trespass, Deli Bean, Uberfone and AXA.

Meanwhile, anchor retailer Dunnes is extending its store by 13,000 sq ft - and clothes shop Next will unveil a new 45,000 sq ft unit, which will be its biggest in Northern Ireland.

NewRiver Retail director Emma Mackenzie said that its team had "worked hard" to improve the centre.

"Retail demand is self-perpetuating - the more new and exciting retailers that join Abbeycentre, the greater the demand we generate.

"We are very much looking forward to Next and Dunnes Stores opening their new stores before Christmas - and thanks to our letting team there are plenty more exciting new names in the pipeline for this year and next."

Jonathan Martin, associate director at Lambert Smith Hampton, said the arrival of Bon Marche and Jack & Jones would "strengthen the fashion line-up in the centre".

Lambert Smith Hampton and McMullen Wilson acted on behalf of Abbeycentre in the new lettings.

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