JOBS BOOST AS TESCO OPENS AT NORTHCOTT

Marie Roe and Olive Whitla cut the ribbon to mark the official opening the new Tesco at Northcott. INNT 48-064-FP
Marie Roe and Olive Whitla cut the ribbon to mark the official opening the new Tesco at Northcott. INNT 48-064-FP
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RETAIL giant Tesco officially opened its new flagship superstore at Glengormley’s Northcott Shopping Centre on Monday (November 28).

The opening of the 60,000 sq/ft Tesco Extra - the biggest supermarket in Newtownabbey and North Belfast - has created 200 new full-time and part-time jobs.

The Northcott site has been redeveloped over the past seven months by Mallusk firm McLaughlin & Harvey at a cost of £35 million, providing a significant boost to the local construction sector.

Tesco, the anchor tenant at the Ballyclare Road shopping centre, has also opened a cafe and petrol filling station at the site, while a new MediCare Pharmacy is expected to open later this month.

Rumours are rife that two major fashion retailers are also interested in taking units at the impressive new complex, however, that speculation hasn’t been confirmed.

Crowds of shoppers gathered at the centre on Monday morning to see long-serving Tesco employees Olive Whitla and Marie Roe cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the retail outlet.

Speaking at the event, Tesco Store Manager Cathy Booker said she was incredibly proud to open the new superstore and thanked everyone who had helped bring the long-awaited redevelopment plan to fruition.

Plans for the demolition and replacement of the outdated shopping complex on the Northcott site were first aired in the mid 1990s, but weren’t fast-tracked through the planning system until 2009.

It had been mooted that the new retail complex would be called Sandyknowes Shopping Centre, but the company behind the project opted to keep the Northcott name.

See this week’s paper for full coverage of the ribbon cutting at the new superstore..