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Mace High Street transformed by £90,000 upgrade

From left, Michael Quinn, store owner, and Alastair Patterson, regional area manager, MACE.

A new-look MACE convenience store has opened on High Street following a £90,000 upgrade, creating 10 jobs in Belfast city centre.

This major investment by leading retailer Musgrave and store owner Michael Quinn, encompassed a full refit of the 900 square-foot store, including the introduction of new MACE concepts, LED lighting throughout the store and upgraded facilities to provide new services to customers, such as the provision of Lotto and bus ticket sales.

MACE High Street is the second of Michael Quinn’s five stores to have undergone the Store of the Future transformation and now showcases a number of the brand’s latest concepts, including Grab and Go sandwiches; a Munch & Co deli; and the Frank and Honest coffee brand – the largest coffee brand on the island of Ireland.

His recently-refurbished Castle Street store has seen huge success since completing its £130,000 investment, with repeat customers increasing and excellent feedback on the improved range of products.

With over 34 years’ service to the MACE brand under his belt, Quinn’s wealth of retail experience is invaluable to delivering a high-quality convenience service to city centre customers. His experience includes nine years as owner of five successful MACE stores – located on High Street, Royal Avenue, Castle Street, Donegal Square East and Queens Elms student village.

However, his success is very much a family affair. His sons, Christopher and Conaire, and daughters, Neidin and Sorcha all work across these five businesses, which employ 30 full-time and part-time staff in total.

“I am proud to be at the helm of two refurbished MACE stores in Belfast City Centre and would like to thank Musgrave for their support,” said Quinn. “Last year, our refurbished Castle Street store saw an incredible response from customers, despite the unfortunate circumstances of the Primark fire, and we are delighted to have received the same amazing feedback within our High Street store.

“The addition of the Frank and Honest coffee brand and Munch & Co deli have been incredibly popular among city centre customers and have ensured that our customers return time and time again.”

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