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SuperValu store opens in Newry with creation of 50 new jobs in £2m project

By Margaret Canning

A new store has opened in Newry in a £2m investment creating 50 new jobs.

Michael and David Downey, whose family has operated in retail for a century, are running the 5,500 sq ft site on the Dublin Road as a SuperValu.

The SuperValu brand is operated by Musgrave NI, which also owns Centra and Mace.

The brothers have operated SuperValu in the city's Hill Street for 15 years.

Michael Downey said: "With the help of Musgrave we have made a major investment into Newry with the opening of the Dublin Road store.

"Since our recent opening we have already had a great response from customers and it has created a buzz in the local area. We're aiming to service the whole community with our 'one-stop' shop and I'm looking forward to introducing them to our new and inspiring ranges."

SuperValu sales director Nigel Maxwell said: "The Downey family are very experienced retailers and the opening of SuperValu Newry Dublin Road is a fantastic boost to the local area with a multi-million pound investment creating over 50 jobs."

Musgrave NI is made up of the retail and wholesale parts of Musgrave Group. It works with 360 independent retailers through the SuperValu, Centra, Mace and DayToday brands.

Newry has enjoyed a boost from cross border shoppers as a result of the weakening of sterling against the euro following the vote to leave the EU.

Last week Peter Murray, manager of the Buttercrane Shopping Centre, said shoppers were still arriving from the Republic, though in fewer numbers than before. In the autumn, around 50% of shoppers were from the Republic - now down to around 20%.

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