The Junction Retail and Leisure Park is pleased to welcome toy retailer, The Entertainer, to the shopping centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Set to open in June 2019 it will be the company’s 163rd store, with the majority based in the UK and wider-Europe. The Entertainer currently has one other store in Northern Ireland, located at Castlecourt Shopping Centre, but the company are keen to increase their presence in Northern Ireland starting with The Junction, where it has recognised the strong retail opportunity.
The arrival of The Entertainer at the shopping centre contributes a further £300,000 investment, in addition to the ongoing £30m redevelopment plan in place at The Junction. The store will occupy a 4,000 sq ft unit and create up to eight new jobs. The toy retailer has a strong location within the retail park, next to the popular Beauty Outlet.
Family-favourite, The Entertainer currently employs 1,530 staff across all its stores and a further 211 in the Head Office in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. The announcement of The Entertainer follows the completion of a new Lidl supermarket at The Junction Retail and Leisure Park, which created eight new jobs. In the last 12 months The Junction has welcomed leading sports retailer, Intersport, and the UK’s fastest growing beauty retailer, The Beauty Outlet. In addition, the construction of a state-of-the-art drive-thru McDonalds restaurant was completed and opened to the public in November and global restaurant chain Nando’s announced it is set to open its doors at The Junction later in 2019.
Commenting on the new store announcement, Craig Stewart, senior asset manager from Lotus Property, said: “The arrival of The Entertainer will be a very welcome addition to The Junction, offering more choice for our customers and creating new jobs at the centre. With the redevelopment plan for 2019 in full swing, our vision for The Junction is to create a vibrant retail and leisure destination in Antrim that will offer a wide selection of eateries, retailers and leisure innovations, that will guarantee an excellent day out for the local community of Antrim as well as visitors from further afield.”
Spokesperson from The Entertainer added: “We were impressed to learn of The Junction’s redevelopment plans and felt it was a prime opportunity for us to build The Entertainer’s brand presence in Northern Ireland. As a family-owned business, we are excited to launch our new store in Antrim’s leading shopping destination, where catering for a family-market is a key focus.”