Belfast Telegraph

Part of home of Alpha Newspaper Group Armagh title goes on rental market

By John Mulgrew

An office which is part of the building housing the Ulster Gazette newspaper has gone on the market in Armagh.

The ground floor of the building at Scotch Street is now on the market as a let, going for £11,000 a year.

The property is being marketed by Maison Real Estate.

The Ulster Gazette, which is based in the building, is owned by Lord Kilclooney's Alpha Newspaper Group.

Last year, it was revealed the group was selling off a number of its properties.

That included the Coleraine Chronicle and Tyrone Courier offices in Cookstown. Lord Kilclooney previously said the group is relocating the titles to new offices in their respective towns.

"The premises we have at the moment are far too big," the owner said.

He added that, with the company having "centralised" much of its printing over the years, there was a need to downscale the size of its offices.

"Our policy is to maintain offices in the town with circulation... we will remain local."

The Coleraine Chronicle offices at Railway Road in the town is a listed building dating back to around 1900.

It was placed on the market for £280,000, while the offices of the Tyrone Courier were also on sale for £55,000.

Alpha Newspaper Group owns around 20 publications.

Meanwhile, units are available for rent at the Centrepoint complex in Lurgan.

One of the available units can be let between 2,000sq ft to 6,000 sq ft.

A second, formerly used as a bar and off sales, covers 2,500 sq ft.

The properties are being marketed by Lurgan-based property firm Kingham.

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