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O’Neills Sports joins list of tenants at Marlborough Retail Park

Sportswear brand O'Neills has been added to the list of tenants at Marlborough Retail Park in Craigavon. They join multi-national retailer Marks & Spencer which announced in September 2017

Sportswear brand O’Neills has been added to the list of tenants at Marlborough Retail Park in Craigavon.

They join multi-national retailer Marks & Spencer which announced in September 2017 that it is opening a ‘Simply Food’ store on the park.

Built by Turkington Developments, the former 80,000 sq ft B&Q site has drawn interest from a wide range of potential tenants ahead of the opening later this year.

The M&S store, which is set to create around 80 jobs, is on track for a grand opening in September along with O’Neills’ 14,000 sq ft store, which is due to open around the same time.

Stephen Thompson, O’Neills Sports said: “Celebrating 100 years in the sportswear business, O’Neills is proud to announce that one of the country’s most vibrant and dynamic shopping towns, Craigavon, is to be the location of our latest retail venture, creating 30 new jobs.

“The store will breathe energy, heritage, authenticity and originality, showcasing how far the brand has evolved during its 100-year history.  O’Neills will offer fashion-conscious, athleisure consumers an exciting experience and identity whilst also appealing to technically-demanding athletes.”

O’Neills, with its manufacturing base in Strabane, currently employ over 600 people across the province.

Commercial property agencies CBRE and DTZ McCombe Pierce are acting on behalf of the landlord on the leasing of the scheme, whilst Murphy Surveyors acted for O’Neills.

Alana Coyle, director at CBRE said: “Following the announcement of Marks & Spencer as the first tenant at Marlborough Retail Park, we are pleased to secure the letting of another high calibre occupier in O’Neills.

“We are confident that these leading retailers will act as a major catalyst in attracting continued future investment and generating further development at the retail park.”

She added: “It is also encouraging to see the re-development of this vacant B&Q site, which is proving to be a significant improvement to the retail offering in Craigavon, providing continually improving quality and choice for customers.”

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