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Commenting on the reopening of Zara in Donegall Place today, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is another welcome step forward for Belfast City Centre”

“Zara contributes a significant amount of footfall and is an important part of part of the City Centre’s retail offering”

“While good progress is being made, we still have some way to go to fully rejuvenate that part of the City Centre”

“Retail NI will continue to continue work at all levels of Government to see appropriate funding in place to achieve this” 

Connor Fitzgerald, Elisha McCallion MP, David Barber & Glyn Roberts

3rd April 2019

A delegation of Buncrana Road based Retail NI members has met with local Derry Sinn Fein and SDLP representatives today to discuss their proposals for improving access to their stores on the proposed upgrade to the road.

Retail NI has already met with officials from Department for Infrastructure in the last few weeks to outline their concerns with the plans.

David Barber, Retail NI Board Member and Buncrana Road Trader said:

A senior PSNI detective has today issued a fresh appeal to the public to help catch the criminals behind the recent spate of ATM thefts across Northern Ireland

Detective Chief Inspector David Henderson joined Retail NI Chief Executive Glynn Roberts in making his appeal in the wake of the seventh ATM theft this year, which occurred in Ahoghill in the early hours of this morning. 

Commenting on the ATM Robbery on a Retail NI member in Ahoghill early this morning Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:  

“Yet again we awaken to the news of another disgraceful ATM robbery on a local independent retailer”

“If the criminal gangs behind these ATM robberies are not stopped there is a real danger many rural communities will lose local access to cash. They are attacking local family-owned small businesses which are the backbone of the rural economy, providing an invaluable service to the local community”

In a speech to the Ulster Bank ‘Surviving the High Street’ seminar in Enniskillen this morning, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts made a plea for our rural towns and villages not be left behind while the City Deals progress.

Mr Roberts also warned that rural communities face the loss of access to cash unless the criminal gangs behind the ATM robberies are stopped.

Glyn Roberts said:

Tracy Hamilton, Brand Director, Mash Direct, Winston Maguire, Owner of Nisa Killyleagh, Adinah Maguire, Errol Maguire and Glyn Roberts, Retail NI.

It’s a special year for the team at Mash Direct as they celebrated 15 years of business on Friday. From the initial dream of making traditional ‘Ulster’ Champ for convenience in 2004, the Hamilton family have grown Mash Direct into a national household brand producing over 50 vegetable and potato side dishes.

Mash Direct started selling their products in St. George’s market in 2004 but as popularity for their range increased, they gained interest from a few local supermarket stores and started selling from their vans across Northern Ireland.

Retail NI has welcomed today’s signing of the Heads of Terms by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, NICS and the Belfast City Regional Deal partners.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is welcome progress towards what we hope will be a game changer for our local economy and for vital regeneration projects in the Belfast Region area”

“Retail NI was the first business group to call for a City Deal and we are keen to work in partnership with Belfast Regional Deal partners to achieve its aims”

 

Commenting on the further opening of the Primark cordon connecting Donegall Place to Fountain Street, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:  

“This is welcome progress which will enable the last few traders in the area to reopen their businesses and reconnect Castle Street traders with Donegall Place”

“While this is a step forward, a huge amount of work is still needed to fully rejuvenate that part of the city centre impacted by the Primark fire”

“This whole crisis has shown just how resilient city centre traders really are”

Retail NI has urged all businesses that have an external ATM to be vigilant after last night’s robbery of a machine at the Danske Bank branch in Mallusk early this morning.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:  

“Yet again we awaken to the news of another disgraceful ATM robbery”

“We would urge all businesses who have external ATMs to be vigilant, particularly if they are near building sites with diggers”

“Retail NI would also urge building contractors to review the security of their sites”

Retail NI has welcomed today’s Department for Infrastructure planning permission for the Belfast Transport Hub

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This is a genuine good news story for our economy”

“Retail NI has long supported this vital project as both an investment in the infrastructure of Belfast City Centre and our transport network”

“From a retail perspective it is extremely positive as it will improve the City Centre’s connectivity for shoppers and tourists and reduce congestion”

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