£30 million redevelopment gets underway at The Junction

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Pictured L-R: Maurice McGivern, director, Killowen Contracts; Leona Barr, centre manager, The Junction; Craig Stewart, The Lotus Group. Philip Magowan / PressEye

Construction of new McDonald’s restaurant marks the start of multi-million-pound redevelopment masterplan

Retail and leisure park, The Junction has kicked off its multi-million-pound redevelopment scheme as building work commences for a new McDonald’s restaurant and drive thru.

The popular fast food outlet is the first project in a series of developments that received outline planning late last year at the Antrim based centre.

As part of the £30 million redevelopment, there are plans for new retail units, two new drive thru’s, cafes and restaurants, new road infrastructure and an extensive new landscaping plan that will make The Junction Northern Ireland’s largest shopping and leisure destination.

The new restaurant will occupy c.4,700 sq ft and is expected to open late 2018.  It will be the first operator in the new food zone outside the Omniplex and will bring significant job opportunities to The Junction.  More exciting announcements are expected in the coming months about further food and leisure operators at the site.

The Junction retail park was bought by The Lotus Group in 2016. Commenting on the announcement, Alastair Coulson, director from The Lotus Group, said:

“We are delighted to begin phase one of our redevelopment with the construction of a McDonald’s restaurant and drive thru. 

“McDonald’s is a popular place to fuel up for a shopping trip, so this is the perfect place to begin the first phase of our major regeneration project and it is exciting to see our vision for The Junction coming to life.”

A McDonald’s spokesperson said:

“Construction for a new McDonald’s restaurant at The Junction in Antrim has begun, with completion due in late 2018. A new restaurant will bring significant investment to the local area and we look forward to being part of the local community.”

For further information, visit www.thejunctionshopping.com or follow The Junction on Facebook, Facebook.com/TheJunctionAntrim or follow @JunctionAntrim on Twitter. For all leasing opportunities at The Junction please contact Colliers or Lambert Smith Hampton, Belfast.


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