Belfast Telegraph

New openings at Ballymena's Tower Centre create 30 jobs for town

By Margaret Canning

Property tycoon Sam Morrison has announced three new openings which will bring 30 jobs at his latest retail acquisition, Ballymena Tower Centre.

His firm Torre Limited Partnership had vowed to spend £10m on improving the centre.

Costa Coffee will open in a 2,300sq ft unit in the next few days, creating 15 jobs.

And the firm said two other openings had created a further 15 roles.

Burrito Bar, a new independent food retailer, and men’s clothing outlet Sam’s Yard, have also opened up. Sam’s Yard relocated from Wellington Street in the town. The centre is already home to retailers including Boots and B&M.

Mr Morrison, who bought the shopping centre in September, said he wanted to return it to its former glory by investing “in the layout and shopping experience”.

He has also promised to attract new retailers. Mr Morrison’s company Corbo formerly owned Fairhill Shopping Centre in the town.

Mr Morrison said: “We are embarking on a significant development project which will ensure a positive future for the Tower Centre.

“This announcement is a great first step and demonstrates that we are upholding the commitment we made earlier this year.

“We look forward to welcoming Costa to the centre.

“We are also pleased that the company will be creating 15 new jobs in Ballymena.

“We have over 30 retailers including Primark, Boots, B&M and Dunnes and we are keen to build on our diverse offering for our customers.

“We wanted to bring in another food and beverage brand and Costa will be a big draw for the centre.”

Jonathan Martin, associate director at Lambert Smith Hampton, which negotiated the lettings, said: “The new and improved Tower Centre will add to Ballymena’s reputation as a great shopping destination and Costa recognise the opportunities which exist in the town.

“The new store will be an important addition to the shopping centre.”

Fairhill was sold to UK fund Rockspring last year.

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