Centra to open Belfast City Quays store
Shop is first retail outlet in expanding office district
A Belfast family is to open the first retail store in Belfast's fast growing City Quays in a £767,000 investment that will create 15 jobs.
The Graceys, who run two grocery stores in the city, will open their first Centra outlet with the Musgrave Group in the ground level of City Quays 2 building on Tuesday.
It comes as work begins on Monday on Belfast Harbour's City Quays 3 project next door. The 16-storey structure will become Northern Ireland's tallest office building when completed in 2021.
It will be capable of housing another 1,800 office workers in the expanding City Quays and Clarendon Dock area, where around 5,000 workers are already based.
Construction firm Farrans has said up to 500 workers will be involved in the building phase. Anna McErlean, who now runs the family business after coming on board seven years ago, said: "Our business was founded by our father Tony Gracey 22 years ago. At one point he had 10 stores before deciding to consolidate the business in 2010 to two stores - Mace Newton Park and Mace Gasworks."
She said the new Centra store will largely cater for the considerable number of office workers in the vicinity, with opening hours based around the working week: "It's a similar footprint to our Gasworks store, where we have catered for office workers for the past 15 years. We have a good idea of what those customers wants, which is food and coffee to go and high convenience.
Nigel Maxwell, sales director for SuperValu and Centra, said the new store followed an approach from Belfast Harbour.
"They were looking for a convenience solution for the area, because it is lacking at the moment. We are delighted to support the Gracey family in this new venture. We are confident that our new-look Centra stores offer customers an enhanced shopping experience," he said.