Belfast Telegraph

Two new restaurants will boost jobs at shopping centre in Craigavon

By Margaret Canning

Over 100 jobs will be created at Rushmere Shopping Centre when two new restaurants open at the Craigavon development.

The shopping centre said there would be 50 new jobs during construction of the sites, and 80 jobs when the restaurants open in spring of 2017.

The news follows approval of plans by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council last week.

Rushmere said the restaurants, measuring a total of 860 square metres, would be added to the exterior of Rushmere, next to the existing car park.

Turley Associates has represented Central Craigavon Ltd, owners of Rushmere, in the planning application process.

Martin Walsh, Rushmere centre manager, said: "We are delighted to have secured consent for the two new restaurants.

"Our late night business is growing and to be able to offer a family dining offer to our customers will be very welcome.

"With several new openings including Skechers, At the Studio and Clockwork, and with the last remaining unit on the West Mall under offer, the centre is now fully let .

"Footfall is strong across the centre and the park and we have several very exciting inquiries from retailers looking for space.

"In addition, several of our existing retailers have plans for modernisation and we see Rushmere continuing to be the dominant retail centre for the west of the province."

The 28-acre retail complex includes Debenhams, Sainsbury's, Dunnes Stores, River Island, Monsoon and Top Shop.

Its TK Maxx outlet recently had major refurbishment work carried out.

The centre will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year.

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