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North Antrim retail landmark put on the market as founders retire after 40 years

By Christine Carrigan

The founders of a well-known retail landmark are selling up after almost half-a-century at the helm.

The Logans Complex near Cloughmills, which houses independent retail brand Logans Fashions, has been 40 years in the making and is now on the market as owners Don and Joan Logan plan to retire.

The Logans store, which specialises in wedding and luxury branded clothing, is now owned and operated by Ivor Boyd and will remain open for business after the sale of the premises and surrounding land.

When the Logans ran the clothing store, the site housed only Logans Fashions.

However, a number of years ago the building was knocked down, remodelled and expanded into a shopping centre complex, and now houses around 20 other businesses.

The eight-acre site has recently secured planning permission for new developments.

These include a petrol service station and a fast food restaurant.

Located on Frosses Road, up to 18,000 vehicles pass on a daily basis.

The sale is being managed by AMG Property Sales.

AMG agent Bill Thompson said: "Logans Fashions is synonymous with quality wedding attire and high-end product.

"The Logans Complex was built up from Logans Fashion to north Antrim's primary out-of-town shopping centre.

"The reason for the sale of the complex and land is that the owners Don and Joan Logan, who are in their 80s, are quite rightly wanting to retire.

"There has been a lot of interest and lots of imaginative ideas put on the table."

Mid and East Antrim DUP councillor Audrey Wales has been a frequent customer at Logans Fashions over the years.

She said: "I would like to take this opportunity to wish Don and Joan the very best for whatever they have planned for the rest of their lives and thank them for establishing Logans.

"I have been shopping in Logans for many years.

"The staff are excellent, the clothes are on trend and there is a great selection, I cannot fault it. But it is not only great for shopping, there have been many times that I have just popped in for a cup of coffee; it is great for meeting people halfway, say, between Cloughmills and Ballymoney.

"The sale of the complex will bring a new beginning and new opportunities to the Cloughmills area."

Despite a turbulent year for the high street with big-name brands like House of Fraser going into administration, local independent retailers have been doing well.

In June 2018 Retail NI revealed that 60% of shoppers here were using local stores, with 84% of customers using them up to three times a week.

The report carried out by Perspective Insight also showed that 71% of consumers spent between £20 and £500 on a single visit to a local shop.

The poll revealed the biggest deciding factor for visiting an independent store was to support local businesses (62%), as well as better customer service (32%), and the convenience of local shops (36%).

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