Meat processing firm targets a bigger slice of retail action
A C0 Fermanagh meat processing firm has expanded into Belfast with the opening of a new outlet in the Kennedy Centre.
Tenderlean's new butcher's shop in the west Belfast shopping centre has brought seven new jobs and the company hopes to continue investing in the city.
Mark McCaffrey of Tenderlean Retail said: "We have been so impressed with the new Belfast store and customer reaction that we are already looking at more outlets in Belfast for the New Year."
The Derrylin meat processor already has a farm shop beside its main facility on the banks of Lough Erne, as well as a butcher shop in Enniskillen.
Tenderlean believe the secret to their success is down to owning and operating its own slaughterhouse and processing facilities.
The company previously supplied to Curleys butchers in the Kennedy Centre and has taken on Curleys' former main butcher, John Dunne, to manage its new venture.
A spokesman for Tenderlean said Mr Dunne's 29 years in the trade was "the right experience" for the job.
Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew was at the store opening and congratulated the company for managing a lucrative expansion despite difficult economic conditions.
She said: "Each growing local business creates in its wake, new jobs and fresh hope for the economy in the north."
The company said it was also pleased to have brought work to Belfast tradespeople, as the shop required a total re-fit before opening.
Tenderlean's pizzas also earned them recognition when they scooped a gong at the recent Taste of Ireland awards in Kerry.