Store Focus

Centra Portaferry

Centra Portaferry

Businessman Declan Watson opened his Centra store in Portaferry at the turn of millennium and has built up a successful business over the years. He has seen many changes in the market but has always managed to stay one step […]

Mace Kilrea

Mace Kilrea

Paul Steele, owner of the new look Mace in Kilrea, is busy filling his new bakery stand with freshly baked bread when I meet him to talk about his store’s recent refurbishment. He seems totally at home in his new […]

Lidl High Street Belfast


Lidl opened at High Street, Belfast, on November 27, 2014. The premises went from an empty, unused shell, to a bright modern, fully-completed supermarket in 12 weeks. Despite being in the city centre, the store offers what is essentially a […]

Emerson’s Armagh

Emersons Interior 4

Life is getting back to normal following the completion of a £2m refurbishment of Emerson’s, a 125-year-old supermarket in the hub of Armagh city centre. In May 2014, the family-run supermarket began a refurbishment programme which has since secured 150 […]

Today’s Conlig

Todays Conlig John Harrison

As a first time retailer,support from Savage & Whitten during a refit of Today’s Conlig and a fullyintegrated EPOS system linked to the wholesaler were invaluable, owner/operator John Harrison tells Brian McCalden. New retailer John Harrison is putting in more […]

Phoenix Rising

The Phoenix

As Ulster Grocer magazine celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, a Co Antrim forecourt-based grocery store is also marking four decade of success, having similarly been established in 1972.

A tale of two stores…


Opening two new SPAR stores in the fishing port of Kilkeel two years ago proved to be a wise decision for Henderson Retail. Now, one of those stores is about to open the doors on a state-of-the-art rebuild – but is its neighbour also about to get a revamp? Ulster Grocer spoke to general manager, Gregory Cochrane…

The French connection…

It’s now a decade since the French siblings spotted a business opportunity in their home village of Clough in County Down – and the thriving Mace store that the trio established there on a former tile showroom site at the Castlewellan Road has grown its profits every year since.