27/06/2005

Tower Centre set for £3m expansion

The Tower Centre in Ballymena is set to get a £3 million extension that will create 30 new jobs, it was announced on Monday.

The plans will see three top new retailers arrive at the shopping complex as well as creating the town’s first purpose built food court.

Andrew McCready of managing agents DTZ McCombe Pierce said that the state-of-the-art extension, including three ground floor retail units, three food outlets and the food court with seating for approximately 300, would add around 16,000 sq ft to the existing complex.

“The Tower Centre is already one of Northern Ireland’s busiest and most successful shopping centres and the new extension will further add to its appeal to consumers in Ballymena and further afield,” Mr McCready added.

Work on the new extension, which will be located at the current Wellington Street entrance, is due to begin this week and is planned to be completed in November.

Opened in 1982, the Tower Centre was the first ever shopping centre in Ballymena and was last extended in 1997, bringing the size of the complex to 175,000 sq ft.

(MB/SP)

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