Belfast Telegraph

Spar undergoes expansion worth £680k

By John Mulgrew

A Spar store in Belfast's Titanic Quarter has expanded its business as part of a £680,000 investment.

The store will remain in the retail area below the Arc apartment development, but it is moving up to a larger unit nearby in a bid to meet demand from residents, workers and tourists.

The shop is owned by Andy Davis and Graham Johnston.

"Prior to joining the Henderson Group and rebranding as a Spar store, we had been providing an essential service for residents, workers and tourists in the area for four years, so we were confident that our new services, such as Barista Bar coffee and a sandwich lunch offering would prove popular," Mr Davis explained.

"We have experienced a huge amount of growth in the past year and the bigger unit will allow us to provide more lunch options, with a new burger, salad and pizza bar, and we'll also have an off-licence on site," he added.

Titanic Quarter is home to the flagship Titanic Belfast museum and visitor centre, as well as a variety of businesses, including a new hotel whose theme is inspired by the ill-fated ship built close by over 100 years ago.

James Eyre, commercial director of Titanic Quarter, said: "We are delighted to see Andy and Graham investing a further £680,000 in their new Spar flagship convenience store located in the Arc retail in the heart of Titanic Quarter.

"The larger store will enhance the convenience, food and beverage offerings available to the 18,000 people who live, work and play in Titanic Quarter daily."

The firm behind Titanic Quarter made a loss of £1.3m during 2016 as it pointed to "challenging" conditions in property development as well as impaired property values.

Belfast Telegraph

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