Up to 25 jobs are being created in Portadown with the opening of a new Centra store on the Gilford Road.
Local businessman George Patterson, who owns and operates Patterson Oil, opened the recently constructed 3,000 sq ft shop and petrol forecourt on Monday.
The Centra store is three times the size of the Spar store it replaces and there is customer parking for 30 cars as opposed to six.
A Post Office is also located in the store and services include Paypoint, Lotto and a new hot food and deli counter.
Said Mr Patterson, “We have been amazed at the popularity of the deli and hot food area. A lot of people are coming in for breakfast and lunches. It seems there was a demand for this in the area.
“We also have trollies now and it’s surprising the number of customers who are taking advantage of the special offers and doing a big shop.”
Another product which is expected to be popular is Morelli’s ice-cream.
The business also operates a 24-hour Texaco fuel forecourt which means that once the shop closes, motorists can still fill up using their debit or credit card.
It is a Flogas stockist as well as being the sole distributor of Ferguson’s award-winning coal.
The office of Patterson’s Oil has also relocated to the site, from its former premises at Hunter’s Hill.
Mr Patterson, who moved to the site five years ago, thanked the builder, Moss Construction, for doing an “excellent job”. He said, “They started building in August last year and we managed to keep the Spar shop operating until January this year. So we were only closed for a short time.”
Musgrave Retail Partners Centra business development manager Brian Ross said, “I’m delighted that a well-established local businessman such as George has decided to open a new Centra store in Portadown. The Gilford Road site is a very exciting addition to the Centra retail group, providing a fantastic range of services to the local community.
“This latest Centra store brings a total of six new stores across N Ireland in the last six months, driving investment within the local economy.”