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News - 03/05/2017

Three new retailers join Cookstown's main street in £1m investment

Cookstown's main street has received a major boost with the opening of three big main stores. Specsavers, CeX and DV8 have opened new stores that total x. 11,100 sq. ft. and accounts for investment totalling c.£1m. The three retailers have also created 15 new jobs between them.

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Specsavers and CeX are both new additions to Cookstown while DV8 has relocated and upsized.  Specsavers has opened in a c.3,700 sq. ft unit, CeX has taken over a c.1,400 sq. ft unit and DV8 has opened in a c.6,000 sq. ft unit. 

Lambert Smith Hampton’s Retail Team was actively involved in all three new transactions.   

Gary Martin, Associate Director - Retail Agency at Lambert Smith Hampton said: “This is a major investment by three large multinational retailers which is a sign of confidence in Northern Ireland’s provincial retail offering.  These new retailers add to an already diverse mix of stores on Cookstown’s main street.”   

Mr Martin highlighted the continued upturn in Northern Ireland’s local retail offering. 

He said: “We’ve seen a strong demand from retailers trying to secure units in other towns such as Omagh, Enniskillen and Downpatrick.  While consumers are still attracted to large shopping centres and Belfast as a retail destination, our regional towns still have much to offer and this demand highlights the continued revitalisation of our high streets.” 

Mid Ulster District Council Chairman, Cllr. Trevor Wilson, said, “One of our key priorities as a Council is to create the conditions for growth in Mid Ulster and we are delighted to see this investment in Cookstown which has delivered business and employment opportunities to the town. We wish the new traders continued success.”