Belfast Telegraph

Buttercrane shopping centre creating 120 jobs as seven new shops open

By Joanne Sweeney

Newry's largest shopping centre Buttercrane has announced the creation of 120 new jobs from the opening of seven new shops.

Leading fashion brands VERA MODA, VILA, and Jack & Jones are part of a £3.7m investment and are opening new stores at the centre.

Other new stores opening will be children’s wear specialist it, toy store Order Sixty Six on Monday and next month plus size brand YOURS.

Discount stationery and gift retailer, The Works, also recently opened a 2,800 sq foot unit in the centre.

Buttercrane’s anchor tenants are M&S, Dunnes and Primark with Lambert Smith Hampton as its letting agents.

Centre manager Peter Murray welcomed the announcement and said: “The leasing of 25,000 sq foot of retail space in just over five months clearly demonstrates the buoyancy of the retail market in Newry and Buttercrane in particular.

“We are thrilled to welcome these exclusive brands and leading fashion stores to the centre, bringing occupancy of our 269,000 sq ft complex to a very healthy 98%.” 

Tony Kernan from Lambert Smith Hampton added: “Jack & Jones, VERA MODA, VILA and name it are an exciting addition to Buttercrane’s line-up. The seven new lettings secured demonstrate the significant confidence retailers have in the Centre.

“In addition to the new arrivals, five of Buttercrane’s existing tenants have also invested significantly by upsizing or relocating to bigger premises in the Centre.”

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