Up to 40 new jobs are being created in Carrickfergus as part of an £0.23m bank-supported investment by an independent retailer.
Red Grocery, which is owned by Robert and Dympna Millen, has opened a new 4,000 sq ft Centra store and filling station at Prince Andrew Way. The Ulster Bank-backed investment also includes the refurbishment of the company’s existing store in Antrim.
Dympna Millen said: “We were looking for an opportunity for a second site to add to our already successful store in Antrim and felt that Prince Andrew Way represented a good retail opportunity for a convenience store.
“With help from Ulster Bank and Musgrave Retail Partners, we are thrilled to be able to create this impressive new facility for local people and provide employment in the area.”
A total of 22 full and part-time positions have been filled in readiness for the opening and Red Grocery anticipates this will rise by a further 18.
Ellvena Graham, Ulster Bank’s Head of Northern Ireland, said: “The Funding for Lending Scheme has proven a useful way of supporting a wide range of companies across Northern Ireland to invest and generate employment. We have lent over £100million to over 800 Northern Ireland companies through the scheme, and are pleased to support companies like Red Grocery as they expand and grow.”
Roisin McAlister, the bank’s business manager, added: “We have worked closely with Dympna and Robert Millen and have been extremely impressed with the way they run their business and the efforts they have put into their new project.”