Belfast Telegraph

Junction One set to undergo rebrand amid £30m revamp

By John Mulgrew

Retail park Junction One's £30m transformation plans have been unveiled - including a name change.

The Co Antrim retail park is expanding with 20 new shops, cafes and restaurants and a cinema.

The site's new owners - Lotus Group - claim the expansion could create up to 500 new jobs.

It's also set to undergo a name change and will be rebranded as 'The Junction'.

The plans also show the retail park's new branding.

Fresh, detailed plans show that a number of big names will be added to the centre, including a new Starbucks drive-through.

The first phase will see two drive-through restaurants being built, along with a "new direct road cutting through the site".

A second phase of the development will involve redeveloping the main retail area and demolishing the current Lidl store and building a new one.

It will then be followed by a new "multi-purpose sports court", along with two new restaurant units and two retail sites.

The final phase will see the development of a parade of new retail warehouse and leisure space between the existing scheme and Asda, along with extra parking.

Plans show the new site will be split into a number of different areas.

These includes a supermarket quarter, home retail quarter, outlet and leisure quarter.

And speaking about the new logo and branding of The Junction, a design statement said that it was "created to reflect a strong and confident brand that would appeal to our target audience and fit with the centre's future of being Northern Ireland's largest shopping and leisure destination".

Alastair Coulson, asset and property management director of the Lotus Group, told the Belfast Telegraph: "The submission of the masterplan planning application follows a very successful community consultation process, extensive retail demand analysis and discussions with many retailers over the past three months.

"We are hopeful that following a positive planning decision we will be able to invest £30m which will bring Junction One back to and reposition this beyond its former prominence and make it a top performing retail and leisure destination anywhere on these islands.

"We expect that further investment will be triggered off the back of a successful redevelopment and indirect benefits will be numerous for the local supply chain and local area," he added.

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