Coffee chain Costa will open in Ballymena’s Tower Centre in the run up to Christmas, creating 15 jobs.
Burrito Bar, a new independent food retailer, and Sam’s Yard, a men’s clothing outlet, both opened their doors in the Tower Centre in late November creating a further 15 new roles.
The announcement that Costa has taken a 2,300 sq.ft. unit follows the recent confirmation of plans for a £10m capital expenditure project to reconfigure and improve the scheme.
Mr Sam Morrison, who purchased the shopping centre in September, has committed to returning the centre to its former glory by investing in the layout and shopping experience. He also plans to attract a selection of new retailers and to build on the current offering of high street names and independent retailers.
He said: “We are embarking on a significant development project which will ensure a positive future for the Tower Centre. This announcement is a great first step and demonstrates that we are upholding the commitment we made earlier this year. We look forward to welcoming Costa to the centre in early December. We are also pleased that the company will be creating 15 new jobs in Ballymena.
“We have over 30 retailers including Primark, Boots, B&M and Dunnes and we are keen to build on our diverse offering for our customers. We wanted to bring in another food and beverage brand and Costa will be a big draw for the centre.”
Jonathan Martin, associate director at Lambert Smith Hampton, said: “The new and improved Tower Centre will add to Ballymena’s reputation as a great shopping destination and Costa recognise the opportunities which exist in the town. The new store will be an important addition to the shopping centre.”