Spar Titanic Quarter, Belfast

Spar Titanic Quarter, Belfast

A £1.2M INVESTMENT, ACROSS FIVE YEARS OF DEVELOPMENT, HAS CREATED A VIBRANT RETAIL, FOOD TO GO AND RESTAURANT COMPLEX, CO-OWNER ANDY DAVIS TELLS ALYSON MAGEE “We feel we’re in the right site now and have created a hub that people like to come to,” says Andy Davis, co-owner of SPAR... View Article

Greenmount Farm Shop, Richhill

Greenmount Farm Shop, Richhill

Greenmount Farm Shop is a carnivore’s haven. This family-run business holds a legacy in the farming trade of over 300 years, making Dean Irwin and his family well experienced and passionate in the farming and butchery trades. Their products are diverse, but they are best known locally for their grass... View Article

The Green Room,Armoy, Ballymoney

The Green Room,Armoy, Ballymoney

GAINING A REPUTATION THROUGH WORD OF MOUTH AND SOCIAL MEDIA FOR ITS HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCE AND PERSONAL TOUCH, THE FLEDGLING FARM SHOP IS RAPIDLY EXPANDING TO MEET DEMAND, MARIE-LOUISE O’DONNELL, CO-OWNER OF THE BUSINESS, TELLS NIAMH WALLACE As a new contender on the farm shop scene in North Antrim, The Green... View Article

Hamilton’s Cregagh

Hamilton’s Cregagh

Family has been key to the success of Judy Hamilton’s retailing operations from the start and, having recently waved goodbye to her long-established Mace fascia in favour of SPAR, the hands-on proprietor of SPAR, Cregagh is certain she has made the right choice. “It was time to move on and,... View Article

Daly’s Supervalu, Aughnacloy

Daly’s Supervalu, Aughnacloy

While boasting a population of over 1,000, Aughnacloy is actually the gateway from the west of the Province into Co Monaghan and to the Irish capital itself – only an hour and half drive away. This single element more than any other drives trade at Daly’s SuperValu, where from weekday... View Article

Donnelly’s of Rathkenny

Donnelly’s of Rathkenny

A former car sales facility in a rural setting is proving successful, despite an almost complete absence of the kind of local housing usually deemed vital for convenience grocery retailing and forecourt sales. Located in the premises of Turtles of Rathkenny, a Peugeot dealership that closed in 2012, it is... View Article

Spar, Braid River

Spar, Braid River

Chris and Isobel Warwick’s established Maxol forecourt and SPAR has a broad customer demographic. “Our trade is wide ranging with customers from many sectors and all backgrounds, as well as coming from all geographical areas,” says Chris Warwick. With 24-hour opening, the shop and forecourt attracts not only local trade... View Article

Jim McCann & Sons, Lurgan

Jim McCann & Sons, Lurgan

At first look, a totally independent butchery business trading in a modest shop front on a busy street in Lurgan town centre shouldn’t work. But rather than a ‘dying breed’, this locally-owned business is thriving. With four major supermarkets as seven-day trading competition, restricted on-street parking outside and without any... View Article

McCaughan’s Mace, Armoy

McCaughan’s Mace, Armoy

After catching the retailing ‘bug’ as an engineering student, Malachy McCaughan took on a long-established shop in Armoy and transformed it into an award-winning MACE, as Brian McCalden reports. Records show a post office has operated in its current location in Armoy since 1836. When the competitors and fans flocked... View Article

Ballylagan organic farm shop, Straid

Ballylagan organic farm shop, Straid

lse van Staden, famed as part of the Ireland Women’s Squad for the 2017 Six Nations, at first seems an unlikely candidate for a job as a professional butcher, but that’s far from the case. The Ulster and Cooke Rugby Club player is a fully-qualified butcher whose day job  is... View Article