Belfast Telegraph

Junction One's plan for £30m refurbishment and new name approved by council

By John Mulgrew

Retail park Junction One has been given the green light for a major £30m revamp.

The Antrim centre is expanding with 20 new shops, cafes and restaurants and a cinema.

Owner the Lotus Group said the expansion could create up to 500 jobs.

The masterplan was given planning approval by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council this week.

Plans show that a number of big names will be added to the centre, including a new Starbucks drive-through.

It's also being rebranded as 'The Junction'.

Meanwhile, 32 jobs are being created at The Outlet in Banbridge with new stores The Beauty Outlet, Jack & Jones and Ulster Weavers.

The shops represent a £500,000 investment.

The Outlet is also owned by the Lotus Group. Chris Nelmes, centre manager of The Outlet, said the investment "follows the announcement of a number of other stores that have recently joined" the retail park.

"I am certain the stores will be very welcome additions to our ever-expanding offer and for shoppers who visit us over the busy Christmas period," he added.

"There has been significant investment made in The Outlet since the Lotus Group bought the scheme in 2016.

"As a result, the centre has enjoyed a 19% increase in footfall and a 14% increase in sales since April 2016."

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