Rushmere Shopping Centre & Retail Park plans drive-in movie weekend as retail prepares to rev up in June

Preparations under way for wider reopening at one of Northern Ireland’s largest retail destinations

Rushmere Shopping Centre and Retail Park said today it expects a significant increase in the number of shops reopening this month following the government’s announcement that non-essential retail outlets could reopen from June 8.

One of Northern Ireland’s largest retail destinations, Rushmere said it was also planning a drive-in family movie weekend later this month as part of a series of new initiatives to welcome customers safely back. Further details will be announced on its social media channels later this week.

The centre has remained open for retailers of essential items such as food, pharmacy and pet supplies since March, with Sainsbury’s, Iceland, Home Bargains, Boots, Specsavers, Holland & Barrett, Post Office, B&M Bargains, Pets at Home and Pound Stretcher all remaining open. Homebase reopened earlier this month.

Rushmere Shopping Centre manager, Martin Walsh - landscape

Rushmere Shopping Centre manager, Martin Walsh, said:

“The health, safety and wellbeing of our customers remains our top priority and following the Executive’s decision to potentially allow larger non-essential retailers to reopen their doors from June 8, we look forward to welcoming many more customers and returning staff as part of a wider safe, phased reopening.

“Bright, modern, spacious and carefully managed, Rushmere is well-placed to ensure that every customer’s journey reflects maximum safety at all times. We want everyone to be confident and reassured that their wellbeing is paramount.”

Based in Craigavon, the centre already has a well-established people management and social distancing in place, one-way systems, live footfall cameras, floor stickers to mark two-metre gaps and heightened hygiene measures. Trained staff are also on hand to provide advice, ensuring visitors are aware of the measures introduced and are adhering to social distancing guidelines.

The Northern Ireland Executive’s decision to permit the reopening of larger non-essential stores, subject to restrictions and with social distancing measures in place, paves the way for several major outlets at Rushmere’s Retail Park, including Currys and Argos. Matalan, Homebase and Harry Corry have already reopened.

In the meantime, items bought online from Argos can be collected instore at Sainsbury’s.

Coffee shops and restaurants will remain closed while government restrictions on the hospitality sector remain in place, though planning for delivery and collection are being considered. McDonald’s is expected to reopen its drive-thru for collection and deliveries on Wednesday (3rd June).

Employing more than 1,200 staff, Rushmere Shopping Centre is one of Northern Ireland’s largest retail destinations, located between Portadown and Lurgan just 30 miles to the west of Belfast.

Since the lockdown began in March, the centre’s management team has also weighed in to help pharmacists in Boots by delivering prescribed medication to the homes of vulnerable customers who are shielding at home and unable to leave.

The centre has also invested in a range of new equipment to maintain the complex and grounds.

Rushmere Shopping Centre opened in Craigavon 43 years ago and attracts more than 6.5 million visitors a year. In 2018 it welcomed a new Five Guys and Nando’s as part of a £2 million strategic investment by Rushmere to provide shoppers with a greater hospitality choice.

Love Belfast
Belfast guide to restaurants, bars, nightclubs, concerts, events, hotels, entertainment, special offers, news, gossip, travel, festivals and culture. http://lovebelfast.co.uk

Leave a Reply

Discover

Sponsor

spot_imgspot_img

Latest

NI Engineering Company, PAC Group, Receive Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation

Belfast-based electrical and mechanical engineering company, PAC Group, has received royal recognition for its innovative carbon fibre preforming technology.  The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are...

CINEWORLD NOW RECRUITING STAFF FOR NEW CINEMA AT ODYSSEY BELFAST

Cineworld, the UK’s leading cinema chain, is on a major recruitment drive ahead of the opening of its new 13-screen cinema in Belfast. The cinema,...

New Radio Station Belfast 247 Launches Competition To Find New Talent

Search for the next generation of radio presenters Radio station, Belfast 247, is searching for new presenters as the station continues to grow, and they...

BELFAST GIANTS CLAIM SECOND AWAY VICTORY OF THE WEEKEND WITH 5-1 WIN OVER FIFE FYLERS

A double from winger Jordan Boucher helped the Belfast Giants to a comeback 5-1 win over the Fife Flyers in Kirkcaldy to complete a...

Giants Claim 6-3 Victory over Dundee Stars

They say that good things come to those who wait, and after 18 long months, the Teal Army have most certainly waited. Another rollercoaster...