Grocery store complex Eurospar to create 50 new jobs in Belfast
A new grocery store complex is expected to create around 50 jobs in south Belfast.
Bosses at Eurospar Creighton's of Balmoral announced they will create the posts for the area as they celebrate the opening of their new super-store.
The 6,000sq ft store on the Upper Lisburn Road opened after a significant redevelopment of the original Spar store on the site and marks the latest of a number of developments in the Balmoral area.
In March it was announced that the iconic King's Hall building would undergo a £100m transformation to become a health centre which will employ around 500 people, while part of the showgrounds will be used for high-end housing.
Owners of the new grocery complex, Niall Creighton and Gail Boyd, also own two other stores in the south of the city - Eurospar Creighton's of Finaghy and Spar Creighton's of Blacks Road.
The family has been running their business since the 1930s, and already employ more than 100 people. The siblings joined the Henderson Group network in 2005.
Niall Creighton said: "We are delighted to open Eurospar Creighton's of Balmoral, which brings not only a wealth of new services and convenience to the area, but also employment opportunities for our local community; in opening the store, we created 50 new full and part-time roles from customer service to deli staff.
"We have a wealth of experience in retail having traded for over 80 years in Northern Ireland, and our links with the Henderson Group only make us a stronger business. We have been part of their retailer network for 11 years, and this latest store in our portfolio is testament to the support gained from their retail services team, in terms of assisting in the planning of the layout of the new store; merchandising and IT services."
Paddy Doody, sales and marketing director at Henderson Group, said: "This is a fantastic addition to the 49-strong Eurospar network here in Northern Ireland, and the facilities and services offered in-store are second to none.
"We are delighted to see the store bring positive employment opportunities to the area, adding to the almost 2,000 staff that are employed by the Eurospar brand across Northern Ireland, through both independent and Henderson Retail-owned stores."