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New stores to boost jobs at Longwood Retail Park

By Mark McConville

Homegrown furniture retailer HouseProud is one of two new retailers set to move into Longwood Retail Park in Newtownabbey, creating 28 new jobs.

The firm, which already has nine outlets here, is set to open in mid-November in a former Mothercare unit and will create 10 jobs.

Arts and crafts superstore retailer Hobbycraft is the other new store set to open with its first outlet on the island of Ireland. It will start trading in late October.

Hobbycraft will move into a 10,760-sq-ft unit and will create 18 jobs.

Brian Matthews of House Proud said: "We are delighted to announce the opening of our latest HouseProud superstore.

"Customer demand for HouseProud quality and value is increasing year-on-year and Longwood Retail Park is the ideal venue for us to add to our portfolio."

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