A new chapter for Fairhill as tenants River Island and Toytown upsize to new stores within the centre following Primark planning permission given the green light.

Fairhill Shopping Centre are delighted to have secured planning permission from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for the construction of the landmark Primark store after announcing in May 2023 the new anchor tenant’s plans to relocate to Fairhill. To facilitate Primark’s relocation to Fairhill, River Island will be relocating to a prime location within the scheme unveiling a new format store totalling approx. 11,000 sq ft with work already commenced.
River Island will look to unveil a new concept shop fit, taking two floors of retail space within the centre. With a focus on ladies, men’s and children’s fashion, the new concept fit out will continue to contribute to Fairhill’s strong fashion portfolio, offering shoppers a unique retail experience within Northern Ireland. “We are thrilled with the pace of developments at Fairhill and are particularly excited to secure River Island in a new unit at the very heart of Fairhill. The new River Island store represents the beginning of a new chapter for Fairhill, with a modern and vibrant range of retailers driving Ballymena back to the top of the list of must-visit retail destinations. We look forward to the new store opening in time for Christmas.” Ryan Walker from Magmel (Ballymena) Limited.

Mark Thallon from TDK Commercial Property Consultants, “We have been delighted with how well the news of Primark coming to Fairhill has been received, the relocations of River Island and Toytown complete the first phase and we look forward to building on this with several other exciting new openings to follow in the next few months”

Fairhill is also thrilled to announce the news of a larger Toytown coming to the centre. Toytown will relocate from their existing store to a two-storey retail space adjacent to JD Sports, Next and New Look. Toytown takes pride in having one of the widest ranges of toys on the high street. The larger retail space to be occupied by Toytown will create an improved shopping environment for toys and accessories with a dedicated area for their nursery department, known as Babyworld. Kris Simpson from Toytown says, “We are very excited to work with Fairhill in relocating within the centre and the opportunity to provide our customers a better shopping experience in Ballymena. The new unit gives us more space to better showcase the range of toys and nursery products, along with the great value we offer in store. We feel the new management of the centre have a real passion for Ballymena and putting Fairhill back on the map and we look forward to seeing how Fairhill develops over the coming years”.
“Toytown opening a new store at Fairhill is testament to the quality of our retailer line-up and will further bolster Fairhill’s retail offering with the very best regarding toys and children’s nursery equipment. Toytown will bring fun and vibrancy to a unit which has been vacant for some time, and we are looking forward to seeing the doors open in time for Christmas” Ryan Walker.

Looking into Autumn, Fairhill Shopping Centre is proud to present an exciting range of short-term rentals this Christmas, signalling a triumphant return to total capacity since circa 2017. Experience an exhilarating new phase at Fairhill as it becomes a must-visit retail destination in the region. Fairhill is a must-visit destination with a complete tenant offering in preparation for Q4, with something for everyone under one roof.

As managing agents of Fairhill Shopping Centre we are proud to announce plans of a redevelopment which will see Primark join as an exciting new tenant in 2025. This significant investment by Fairhill will secure the centre’s position as the premier fashion retail destination in the surrounding Mid and East Antrim area.

Leading fashion retailer, Primark, will double the size of its presence in Ballymena and occupy approximately 26,100 square feet of retail space in its new store in Fairhill. The new store will offer the latest trends and everyday essentials across menswear, womenswear, kidswear, beauty, lifestyle and homeware. It will also offer a wide range of clothes and products under its growing Primark Cares label, as part of the retailer’s pledge to make more sustainable fashion affordable for everyone.

The new store has a target handover date to the retailer of 2025, and the construction of the new store will create approximately 80-100 new jobs during the development project. The addition of Primark to Fairhill will further strengthen the already strong fashion offering with brands including Marks & Spencer, Next, H&M, Superdry, JD Sports, River Island and New Look all represented at the Centre.

Ryan Walker, Director of Magmel (Ballymena) Ltd the owners of Fairhill said “We are thrilled to announce the news that Primark will be joining the tenant line up at Fairhill. Since buying the Centre in 2021 we have been working hard to rejuvenate and revitalise the Centre back to its former glory and this announcement will allow us to deliver on that vision. Fairhill Shopping Centre already boasts an impressive selection of retailers, and the addition of Primark will further enhance the shopping experience for all our customers. This investment will secure Fairhill’s positions as the leading fashion and retail destination in Mid & East Antrim.”

TDK’s Mark Thallon commented “The announcement of Primark committing to open a 38,000 sq ft unit at Fairhill is the culmination of 18 months work following the acquisition of the scheme by Magmel. We have listened to both the current occupier’s and customers suggestions on how best to further strengthen the Centre and believe the addition of Primark will confirm Fairhills position as one of the premier shopping centres in Northern Ireland and we look forward to announcing further additions to Fairhill in the near future.”

Jacqui Byers, Primark Area Manager for Northern Ireland said; “We are pleased to confirm our relocation to Fairhill Shopping Centre, the new store will be double the size of our existing offering once completed, so we are looking forward to bringing an even bigger and better Primark shopping experience to our customers in Ballymena in the next few years.”

Michael Martin from LIKE Architects added, “‘Like Architects are delighted to be involved in the first steps of the regeneration of Fairhill Shopping Centre. We believe the creation of a new Primark store will make a significant impact not only in rejuvenating the existing centre but in creating a new focal point and prominent entrance onto Parkway.”

Speaking further on the redevelopment, Ryan Walker added, “With footfall growing year on year since 2021 – the next few years will no doubt be an exciting time for Fairhill and the Ballymena town centre.”

NI-owned Magell Limited officially acquires ownership of Ballymena shopping centre in partnership with Melcorpo Group

An acquisition deal has been completed to bring the Fairhill Shopping Centre under the ownership of Ballymena based property development and investment company Magell Limited.
Purchased for an undisclosed sum in partnership with the Dublin-based Melcorpo Group, Fairhill has returned to local ownership after a period of ownership by German investment group Patrizia AG.

Fairhill Shopping Centre extends to circa 280,000 sq. ft. with notable tenants including Marks & Spencer, Next, JD Sports, H&M, River Island, Starbucks, Superdry, ToyTown and Burger King.

Speaking about the acquisition, Ryan Walker of Magell Limited said: “Fairhill Shopping Centre is an exciting addition to our portfolio and one which represents fantastic opportunity, both for our company and for the town of Ballymena. We are proud to be bringing the centre back under local ownership and intend to cement a hands on, active management style that best supports the future of the centre and the tenants within it.”

Leading Belfast law firm Millar McCall Wylie acted for Magell Limited and its investment partner in the purchase: “We were delighted to play a role in the acquisition of Fairhill Shopping Centre on behalf of the purchaser,” comments Simon Fleming, Director, Millar McCall Wylie.
“This family-owned business will undoubtedly go on to maximise the potential of the centre and lead it into a fresh new chapter,” Simon Fleming said.

TDK Commercial Property Consultants advised on the acquisition and have been appointed as letting and managing agents. Mark Thallon, Partner in TDK commented “Fairhill Shopping Centre offers a great opportunity and we look forward to working with the new owners to realise the full potential of the centre.”

Planning permission has been granted for a new 20,000 sq. ft. M&S Simply Food store at Bridgewater Retail Park Banbridge, by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council planning committee.

Great to see a Council leading the way in recognising the positive impact development can have in creating jobs and bringing investment to Banbridge and the wider Borough.

Approval in this next phase of the Retail Park, which TDK are appointed as letting and managing agents, brings a £6 million pound investment and will create 70+ new jobs.

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In November 2018 Oakland Holdings announced they had completed Belfast’s biggest ever office deal and confirmed PwC would be the anchor tenant of the Merchant Square development.

In a further announcement today, PwC have confirmed they have signed a 20 year lease for the entire building. This provides them with 200,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office accommodation across nine floors, plenty of space to accommodate 3,000 staff.

Paul Terrington of PwC said they are looking forward to the move: “PwC Belfast is currently the biggest and fastest growing office outside London, with close to 2,500 people supporting a wide range of global clients” and added “they have ambitious plans for growth.”

TDK’s Stephen Deyermond is delighted to have conducted this search and concluded the negotiations with Oakland on behalf of PwC.

Read the full story below:
PwC – Merchant Square, Belfast

Today The Range has announced it will be opening a 65,000 sq. ft. superstore and garden centre in the former B&Q site on Boucher Road, Belfast.
The popular budget department franchise sells homeware, leisure, fashion and gardens goods. They have over 160 across the UK and 5 stores throughout Northern Ireland in Connswater, Ballymena, Portadown, Derry and a store under construction in Glengormley.

The former B&Q site which comprises a 150,000 sq. ft. warehouse has submitted a planning application to turn it into five separate units and redevelop the front façade. It is hoped the Range will be open by the end of 2019.

TDK have been in discussion with a number of well-known retailers who have expressed interest in the remaining four units which range from 11,550 sq. ft. to 32,500 sq. ft.
Having secured The Range, anchoring half the site, we are sure it won’t take long for this rest of the units to be snapped up creating another strong retail hub in the Boucher area of South Belfast.

Read the full story here – The Range superstore – Boucher Road, Belfast

Five Guys have opened their third store in Northern Ireland at Boucher Square, Belfast, this compliments their existing units at Victoria Square, Belfast and Rushmere SC, Craigavon.

The unit let by TDK is located in the successful Boucher Square which is home to several national food and beverage operators including Costa Coffee, Frankie and Benny’s, Nandos and Eddie Rockets.

With Boucher Retail Park situated directly opposite the scheme the area has become Northern Ireland’s premier one-stop leisure and hospitality destination providing all the shops and eateries you need for a day out.

A sixth unit is currently under construction, it is due for completion early 2019 and we are sure it won’t take long before we are welcoming another new name to Boucher Square.

TDK are thrilled to see Taboo open their fifth store today.

The unit on Fountain Street was let by TDK following the success of their first Belfast store in Ann Street which has recently been extended to include an extensive seating area. Taboo first opened in June 2018 and now have 5 stores throughout Northern Ireland.

With Tim Hortons and Bob & Berts as their neighbours we think this might be Belfast’s sweet spot!

PwC have today announced they will be relocating their offices to Merchant Square, Belfast in the summer of 2020, in what will be Belfast’s biggest ever private sector letting.

Merchant Square is a £70 million complex being developed by Oakland Holdings, it is situated in the heart of Belfast city centre at the junction of Wellington Place and Upper Queen Street and combines the former Oyster House and Royston House.

Upon completion it will provide over 200,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space on 9 floors. Plenty of space for 3,000 employees which will aid PwC with their future plans for additional job creation. This will be their largest regional office outside London.

TDK have been advising PwC on the acquisition and we are delighted they have found their new home in Belfast.

Read the full statement from PwC – click the link below:
PwC – Belfast’s Biggest Office Deal

Thai takeaway Camile is due to open its second restaurant in Belfast.
Camile first opened on Belfast’s Lisburn Road. It is now opening a branch in Ballyhackamore area East Belfast.

TDK has been at the forefront of the Ballyhackamore regeneration having recently let Pizza Express, Caffe Nero and Clements Coffee. We are sure Camile will be another success story in Belfast’s newest foodie destination.

To read the full story click the link below.

Belfast Telegraph – Camile to open second restaurant