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Ards Shopping Centre Record Year
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Ards Shopping Centre Record Year

Ards Shopping Centre in Newtownards NI owned by Belfast Office Properties, has recorded a significant increase in footfall, following the addition of new retailers JD Sports and TK Maxx. Both joined this September as part of an approximately £7 million redevelopment that includes an additional large retail unit and a cafe.

Footfall increased for September, October and November, up 16% over the three months compared to last year, reflecting the positive openings. Overall figures reflect a strong year for Ards, which recorded its highest number of total visitors (YTD), up by 5%, compared to a national average of -1% in N.I. The increase follows over 45,000 sq ft of new retail and leisure created at the centre over the past 12 months, including the signings of B&M Bargains, Warren James, and an upsized store for Argento that doubled the size of its previous unit. Other retailers have also reported an uplift in sales during the course of the year.

Commenting on the news, Paul Devlin of Belfast Office Properties said: “It has been a superb year for Ards and everyone involved with the shopping centre. Our strategy to develop the existing offer has been met with high demand from major UK brands, who have come on board and had a direct impact on footfall.”

“Our ongoing investment means that the enhancements to Ards will continue into the new year and ensure that it remains the region’s strongest performing shopping destination. 2017 will be another key year for Ards.”

Lambert Smith Hampton, who manage the centre, acted on behalf of Ards Shopping Centre in these deals.

DTZ McCombe Pierce acted on behalf of JD Sports and B&M Bargains.

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Updated: Thursday 13th December 2016