Belfast Telegraph

Discount superstore and drive-thru on the way for Glengormley

Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

One of the UK’s fastest growing retailers has started work on a new 40,000 square foot store in Glengormley.

The Range has cofirmed that 70 new jobs will be created when its new unit next to the Tesco Extra at the Northcott Shopping Centre opens later in the year.

The store will be the discount retailer’s fifth in Northern Ireland alongside units in Portadown, Ballymena, Londonderry and the Connswater Shopping Centre in east Belfast. It comes as Tesco were granted planning permission to build a new drive-thru restaurant at the car park entrance to the retail park. Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council signed off on the plan on December 21, which will see a new food outlet built close to the Tesco fuel station. It’s unclear who will occupy the new unit. KFC has already announced a new £5m restaurant at another location in Glengormley, while McDonalds runs a drive-thru outlet just one mile away at a smaller retail location. However Burger King is already one of the tenants in the Northcott Shopping Centre and could move into the new stand-alone restaurant. A number of coffee chains are also thought have expressed an interest.

Located close to the Sanyknowes junction of the M2, the Northcott Shopping Centre is anchored by an 88,000 sq ft Tesco Extra. A small mall includes Medicare, Card Factory, Burger King and Tesco Cafe.

Planning approval is also in place for four additional retail units, the largest of which comes in at just under 10,000 sq ft.

A spokesperson for letting agents Cushman and Wakefield told Business Telegraph that there is already a number of retailers who have expressed interested in setting up at the site.

Meanwhile The Range’s latest store brings its portfolio across the UK and Ireland to well over 150. Founded by Plymouth-based billionaire Chris Dawson, The Range opened its first store in 1989. Owned by CDS (Superstores International) Ltd, the most recent accounts filed by the company show a 13.8% rise in turnover to £869m for the year to January 28 2018.

Although pre-tax profits dropped 21.6% to £53.5m, the company opened 19 new stores during that period, compared to 16 in the year before.

The group’s workforce has also continued to increase, rising to 9,524 at the end of January 2018, 611 more than the previous year

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