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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.