A new £2.5m food and fuel forecourt close to Belfast International Airport is now fully let, it’s been claimed.
The site, which is being developed by Moorefield Contracts and will bring around 35 new jobs, will feature Marks & Spencer as the anchor tenant, as well as Irish coffee chain Insomnia.
There will also be a Burger King on the site, which is due to be completed later this year.
Canice Mallaghan of Moorefield Contracts said: “It’s hugely gratifying that there isn’t a spare square foot of space left in the complex.
“All of the big brand names approved of what we were planning and recognised the scale of the opportunity.
“The airport is growing — it will be a record year this year — and that means increased demand from passengers and visitors.
“That growth is behind this investment and the creation of 36 full and part-time jobs.
“We’re indebted to our planners in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council for their professionalism and the way they’ve dealt with this project.
“We’re delighted with this line-up of top food brands. It’s a great achievement to secure such wholehearted endorsement.”
Ryan Lemon, head of region for M&S Northern Ireland, said: “We are delighted to continue our investment and commitment to the province and look forward to bringing the very best of M&S food and drink to users of Belfast International Airport later this year.”
Harry O’ Kelly, chief executive of Insomnia Coffee Company, said: “We are delighted to open in Belfast. It’s a very special opening for me as it is our first store in Northern Ireland.
“The store itself provides a spacious and cosy seating area, offering customers a chance to unwind.
“It will have a contemporary feel, ample seating options and decor to match to enhance the customers’ experience.
“The store will also provide employment for seven new members of staff.”