A Co Down pharmacy has announced the creation of six jobs as it launches new premises at a landmark Newry location.
Gemma McCartan, owner of McCartan's Pharmacy, opened the doors to a new store at the Fiveways shopping complex, at the roundabout linking the road to Dublin with the road to Belfast.
She said: "The Fiveways Complex is very much driven by a high demand for convenience shopping from the local community and we were aware of a gap in the market for a pharmacy at the complex.
"When we first discussed opening at the complex we found there was a lot of support not only from potential customers, but also from local elected representatives. They appreciated a pharmacy based just outside of the city centre would increase the quality of life for many local residents and help customers to avoid the traffic congestion in the city centre".
A loan from Danske Bank has underpinned the creation of the six new jobs, with further investment used to fit out and stock the new premises.
Danske Bank confirmed that Fiveways Healthcare Ltd – the company behind McCartan's Pharmacy – is a new client.
Danny Hughes, business acquisition manager, Danske Bank, said: "We are committed to doing everything we can to help indigenous firms like McCartan's Pharmacy to achieve their full growth potential. Having worked with the Fiveways complex for a number of years, we are confident that it has both reputation locally and the strong footfall potential to enable this exciting new business to succeed."
The Fiveways Complex is one of the largest retail complexes in the UK and the focal point of a new urban centre in the north of the city.