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Ballymena's Tower Centre to undergo £10m revamp

By John Mulgrew

Published 06/10/2016

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The Tower Centre in Ballymena is to be given a £10m facelift by its new owner, it has been announced.

It comes after the Belfast Telegraph revealed last month that property developer Sam Morrison had bought the centre.

Mr Morrison says he is now committed to returning it to its former glory.

He will invest in revamping the layout, as well as attracting in new retailers.

The first outlet of its kind to open in the Co Antrim town, Tower Centre launched in 1981.

But its popularity was eclipsed when the Fairhill operation came along a decade later.

Its current tenants include Primark, Boots and Dunnes.

"We are looking forward to the challenge of returning the centre back to its best following our acquisition of it earlier this year," Mr Morrison said.

"We have allocated a further £10m of capital expenditure to support the reconfiguration of the shopping centre and we are targeting a raft of new retailers to take shops in the centre.

"It's our intention that a new and improved Tower Centre will add to Ballymena's reputation as a vibrant shopping destination with impressive centres, retail and leisure parks which include a mix of independent and multinational retailers."

Lambert Smith Hampton has been appointed as managing agent.

Supermarket Crazy Prices was once the anchor tenant at the Tower Centre.

But once it closed the outlet failed to attract a new primary retailer.

Other businesses in the centre include Carphone Warehouse and Burger King.

Belfast Telegraph

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