Independent retailers Crawford and Richard Henderson, who operate a portfolio of SPAR stores in Northern Ireland and Scotland, have reopened their SPAR Milltown Road store in Ballymoney after a £1.5m investment.
Almost doubling in size, the 5,500-square-foot store offers an extended range of fresh, locally sourced products, an expanded grocery range, a new deli serving a range of salads, wraps and sandwiches, and a hot food counter with options for breakfast and lunch.
“We have been trading with SPAR for the past 30 years, but neighbourhood retailing has never been more important than in the past few years,” said Richard Henderson. “Our shoppers are looking for value, local products, trusted faces on the shop floor and a wide variety of everyday essentials so they don’t have to go out of town.
“The demand for food to go has also grown in the past few years, and we have extended our offering to include a wider variety of great quality hot food, salads, sandwiches and wraps plus three new Barista Bar coffee machines to cater for the busy passing trade, with a seating area for those who’d like to take five minutes peace with a hot drink.”
The shop’s forecourt has also undergone a makeover with six new Solo branded pumps, all with a ‘pay at the pump’ facility, and a new state-of-the-art drive through car wash arriving soon. It has more than 100 car parking spaces on-site and a Post Office.
The site’s well-known V2 Discount store, adjoined to the SPAR, has also been expanded into a larger store offering a wider range of value products. Also on the site are the Bottle Stop featuring a range of beers, wines and spirits, and takeaway options MAO Chinese and Gareth’s chip shop.
Paddy Doody, sales and marketing director, Henderson Group, said: “Richard and Crawford are highly experienced retailers, bringing exactly what their shoppers want to their complex in Ballymoney.
“Their new-look SPAR is of the highest spec, includes two new self-scan checkouts to bring even more efficiency to the customer shopping experience as well as a variety of locally sourced fresh and ambient products for shoppers to top up throughout the week.”
SPAR Milltown Road has grown its local supplier roster, stocking products from K&G McAtamneys, McErlain’s Bakery and The Cake Box, alongside Henderson’s locally produced own-brand ranges The Kitchen and the Greengrocer’s.
The store will continue to support Marie Curie, SPAR’s charity partner across the UK, and local community groups and organisations.
“We also have a defibrillator which is installed outside the store, available 24/7 should it be needed,” said Crawford. “We fundraised with our shoppers to install it, so it is owned by the whole community.”
SPAR Milltown Road is open 4am–midnight weekdays and 5am–midnight at the weekend.