Henderson Group to open eight Eurospars in province
Convenience store giant Henderson Group has said it will open eight new large-format Eurospars in the next year.
The company, which is based in Mallusk, said it had already opened nine such stores in the last 12 months. It now operates a total of 322 stores in Northern Ireland, of which 44 are Eurospar and the remainder the smaller Spar format. It owns 76 stores outright while the remainder are operated by an independent retailer under a supply agreement.
The fourth-generation family firm has held the Spar franchise in Northern Ireland since 1960. Sales and marketing director Paddy Doody said the new Eurospars would be spread around Northern Ireland - and six of the eight would be expansions of existing Spar shops.
Eurospar is marking 15 years in Northern Ireland this month.
Mr Doody said: "In its 15th year the Eurospar brand has experienced significant growth.
"Shoppers throughout Northern Ireland are now more aware than ever of this convenient supermarket option and we are delighted to continue to open more stores throughout communities in Northern Ireland. In the past year we have opened nine stores, and a further two are on the horizon before the end of the year."
A Eurospar is usually between 5,000 sq ft and 12,000 sq ft, compared to the smaller Spar store at around 3,000 sq ft.
New Eurospars have opened in the last year in Dundonald, Ballymoney, Crossmaglen, Richhill, Banbridge, Lisnaskea and Kilkeel, as well as two in Belfast.
In its accounts for the year end December 31, parent company John Henderson (Holdings) had pre-tax profits of £21.2m, up 16%, on turnover of £642.8m, up 3%.