Asia Supermarket hails Belfast expansion as doors open to multi-million pound premises
Belfast's Asia Supermarket officially launched from its new home on the Ormeau Embankment yesterday afternoon after a multi-million pound relocation investment, which has created 12 jobs to date.
Asia Supermarket had been trading in Belfast for 35 years from its old premises at 189 Ormeau Road - off Agincourt Avenue.
The company's founders, the Pau brothers, made the relocation investment in order to expand the business.
Partly acquired from the Department for Communities, the new 22,693 sq ft warehouse and adjoining 25,705 sq ft retail outlet span across two floors.
The 22-month build boasts increased capacity for the business's retail, cash and carry and warehousing facility, extended car parking facilities, as well as a cafe.
The premises were custom designed and built by GMR Architects Ltd and QMAC Construction Ltd.
Albert and Spencer Pau, who both came from Hong Kong to Belfast in the 1970s, said the building is more than just a business, it is a "symbol of the family's ambition to create a unique space for shoppers and traders here".
They added: "When we first opened the Asia Supermarket in 1983, it was designed to bring a taste of home by bringing the Chinese culture through Chinese cuisine to the local community in Belfast, and to provide authentic and tasty ingredients for the hospitality trade here.
"We also provide Indian, Korean, Philippine, Thai and Middle Eastern food, and are always looking for opportunity to extend our range.
"The business has grown steadily over the decades.
"And it has been our ambition to open this state-of-the art, bespoke retail and warehouse facility - designed to meet both our business needs and those of our customers."