Pandemic recovery: Six new retailers at scenic setting in Carrickfergus

An oasis of independent retailers in Carrickfergus has bagged six new businesses as the sector continues to recover from lockdown.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 1:19 pm

The Courtyard with its diverse offering is being showcased by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council as pandemic restrictions ease.

Amanda Mitchell, from The Courtyard, said it’s been a tough time for retailers during Covid-19 but they’re ready to welcome back all shoppers safely.

She said: “It’s no secret that retail and hospitality have been hardest hit by lockdown, but we are so proud here to have helped foster young and established businesses on their way to recovery whilst boosting our eclectic offering here.

The Courtyard boasts an array of independent businesses.
The Courtyard boasts an array of independent businesses.

“The Courtyard not only has an array of businesses here that you can come and explore, but it’s a scenic setting with its gardens and eateries that offers a break from the normal hustle and bustle of the high street and big brand shops. “We’ve certainly noticed a growing appetite to support local retailers that can offer a more personal service. We’ve been working with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to ensure all our businesses here are good to go to welcome you back safely, and we can’t wait to see everyone again.”

The hub includes a children’s boutique, bakers, galleries, eateries, pampering services, jewellers, bookshop and gift and craft outlets.

Amanda added: “It’s not just a place for businesses to grow here at The Courtyard, we are a community and a new Talking Shop invites innovative thinking and imagination, while providing an encouraging space for community-orientated ideas and experiments. Set up by Positive Carrickfergus we want to offer a space to discuss and explore the future of Carrickfergus with the people who live here.”

Click here to read more about Positive Carrickfergus

For more information on how you can make your business safe for shoppers, visit council’s website.

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