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Park Centre boosted by arrival of three new tenants

The Park Centre in west Belfast is celebrating the arrival of three new tenants, creating a total of 15 new jobs.

The arrival of Newry-based firm Discount Quality Furniture (DQF), homeware and gifts retailer Home Solutions and a fully-serviced Post Office represents an overall investment of £100,000.

Park Centre has another 34 retailers, including Dunnes Stores, discounter Peacocks, Subway, fashion shop Louis Boyd, Boots, Thomas Cook, New Look and Ireland's largest-grossing Iceland store.

Centre manager Chris Newton said: "The new tenants are a welcome addition to our existing stores and highlight our commitment to satisfying the needs of the local community.

"Along with normal postal services, the Post Office will offer additional services including passport check and send, vehicle tax, foreign currency, travel insurance and drop and go mail services.

"DQF offers trade prices to the public and manufactures its products in its Newry factory, while family-run Home Solutions offers a range of homewear including Belleek china, Yankee Candle and Willow Tree figurines."

The Park Centre's letting agent, Colliers International (Belfast), manages more than 15 shopping centres across the UK and said it believed there was still an appetite for growth in the sector.

Gemma Doherty, a senior surveyor for Colliers International, said: "We are delighted to confirm the three lettings, as in today's challenging retail environment they reinforce the centre's strong commitment to the area.

"We are confident that these new outlets will encourage other retailers to follow suit and those who capitalise on current market conditions will create a low cost platform for future sales and profit growth."

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