Titanic Quarter shop doubling size in £700k expansion
A convenience store in Belfast's Titanic Quarter is doubling in size and switching from Mace to Spar in a £700,000 investment, it was announced today. Andy Davis and Graham Johnston, owners of the Mace at the area's ARC apartment building, are closing that shop but opening a Spar double the size.
The new store will employ 50 people - doubling the workforce - and will include an off-licence, Post Office and a seating area for food and drink.
James Eyre, commercial director at Titanic Quarter Ltd, said: "This is the fourth time our convenience retailer has grown in size, capacity and offering since opening in 2013.
"We are delighted to welcome the Spar brand to Titanic Quarter and are excited by Spar's latest thinking in store design, fit-out and product range.
"With 18,000 people working, studying, living and playing in Titanic Quarter daily, plus the draw of Titanic Belfast and the SSE Arena, the ARC Retail is a destination of choice.
"We hope to see further bars, restaurants and cafes opening here in the near future."
Spar, which is owned by Henderson Group, said the Titanic Quarter store would be a new generation-style shop.
The store is close to the SSE Arena, Titanic Belfast and major employers such as Citigroup and Belfast Met.
It will also soon play host to second hotel, in addition to the existing Premier Inn, as the former Harland and Wolff headquarters and Drawing Offices are transformed into the 120-bed Titanic Hotel, Belfast, which is due to open next year.
Mr Davis said: "Since opening in 2013, our business in Titanic Quarter has continually grown, and this is our fourth expansion in three years."
Patrick Doody, sales and marketing director at Henderson Wholesale, added: "The new store will reflect Spar's latest thinking in store design, fit-out and range."