30/05/2005

Junction One to get £100m expansion

A £100 million expansion plan has been announced for Northern Ireland’s first international outlet shopping centre in Antrim.

More than 500 new jobs will be created at Junction One which will see a fitness centre, a hotel and a multi-screen cinema come to the 60 acre site.

Alistair Kennedy, director of Junction One said: “Junction One has surpassed all expectations welcoming over 2.5 million visitors in its first year of operations. From the outset our aim has been to provide a unique mixed use family orientated destination which will attract visitors from throughout Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and indeed further afield.

“The time is now right to expand on what is currently offered by developing an evening economy. This can only serve to attract people to view Antrim as an overnight destination.”

Work has already begun on a 20,000 sq ft food store to be opened by national supermarket chain Lidl in mid-September. Alongside will be a 4,000 sq ft petrol station and convenience store on target for completion by the end of August. A major DIY store and garden centre covering 40,000 sq ft will complete this section of the development.

Planning permission has also been given to the “change of use” of the existing on-site retail warehouse facilities bringing the total factory outlet square footage to over 250,000 sq ft.

When completed Junction One will rank as the second largest factory outlet centre in the UK behind Cheshire Oaks.

(MB/SP)

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