Belfast Telegraph

Sainsbury's to create 350 jobs with opening of Bangor superstore

By Heather McGarrigle

Development work will begin on a major Sainsbury's superstore near Bangor at the beginning of October, creating and securing dozens of construction jobs.

A further 350 jobs are expected to be created through the investment at Balloo Retail Park.

The store will be Sainsbury's 13th in Northern Ireland.

David McNellis, agency director at Lisney - the letting and managing agents - said Sainsbury's will act as an important draw to the park and a catalyst in attracting other retailers to a proposed second phase.

"In a complex deal involving the reconfiguration of the existing Homebase space, it is extremely satisfying to have landed Sainsbury's who will bring a lot of additional footfall to the retail park. We will shortly be releasing the second phase, totalling 20,000 sq ft of retail."

Planning permission for the 60,000 sq ft Bangor Sainsbury's was granted earlier this year.

The application was for part demolition of the existing buildings and structures on the site and the construction of a new retail store, extension and reconfiguration of the existing retail warehouse unit and garden centre.