Belfast based TDK Commercial Property Consultants who opened in January 2010 have announced the recruitment of 2 new employees.

Keith Lamont has joined the practise as a Graduate Surveyor having completed his Degree from the University of Northumbria this summer. Keith who originates from Ballymena spent his placement year in a Belfast based surveying practise and will assist in all areas of the business.

Julie-Ann Murphy joins to head up the accounts team and will also fulfil the newly created role of Office Manager. Julie Ann has over 10 years experience having previously worked for BTW Shiells and O’Connor Kennedy Turtle and will be responsible for the Property Management Accounts function.

Commenting on these appointments Mark Thallon of TDK said “We are delighted that after only 8 months trading we have been able to recruit people of the calibre of Julie Ann and Keith. This is an endorsement of the quality of instructions and volume of work that we have been appointed on in a relatively short period of time since the formation of TDK. I have no doubt that they will help Stephen, Tanya and myself drive the business on as we look forward in these challenging but very exciting times.”

The 15th Poundland store in Northern Ireland opened its doors in Dungannon. The store opening marks a milestone in the retail giant’s entry into the Northern Ireland retail market as implemented by TDK Commercial Property Consultants.

Since inception in 2010, TDK have quickly established themselves as one of Ireland’s most proactive Property Consultancies providing a range of services to the property sector across Ireland including retail, agency and consultancy advice to leading retail brands such as Poundland, ASDA, Pets at Home, Semi Chem and other market leaders.

TDK have planned and implemented Poundland’s emergence into the NI market with new stores acquired in Strabane, Banbridge, Castle Court, Ann Street, Park Centre, Kennedy Centre and Connswater Belfast, Abbeycentre, Ballymena, Lisburn, Magherafelt, Newtownards, Derry, and Portadown.

The latest Poundland store will provide 5,000 sq ft of retail trading space. The store is set to create 30 jobs for the Dungannon area. In total the 15 Poundland stores in Northern Ireland as secured by TDK, have created employment in the region of 450 jobs.

Commenting on the letting and implementation as a whole, TDK Retail Partner, Mark Thallon said;

‘This exciting new store will add a new level of retail experience to Dungannon’s prime retail core. The acquisition of the 15th Poundland store confirms both Poundland’s and TDK’s confidence in the retail market within Northern Ireland at a time when market conditions remain challenging.’

Craig Bales, Property Director at Poundland states;

‘Poundland have been delighted with the rapid progress made in establishing our presence in NI. In 9 months we have reached the key milestone of 15 stores and this is testament to the proactive team of local consultants we have working with us. TDK have been at the forefront in this move by providing strategic advice, sourcing new store opportunities, negotiating deals and ensuring that we deliver our store opening programme.’

Poundland is Europe’s largest single price discount retailer, providing amazing value to over 2.75 million customers everyday, with a UK nationwide store base of almost 270 stores across the UK. Poundland offers quality products for just £1 each including top brand names, daily essential items, fantastic new lines and amazing WOW products.

TDK Commercial Property Consultants have confirmed that a further 4 Poundland stores are set to open throughout Northern Ireland, within the next 6 months.