Portadown town centre has received a significant boost after the doors to one of the empty former Thornton Trust buildings reopened.
The Franklin’s shop, selling handbags and hair and beauty products, is based in High Street, close to the Mall. The same company is also set to open The Academy Hair and Beauty Training School in the same building, with a recruitment/open day taking place early in the New Year.
Tony Fearon of Portadown Chamber of Commerce said, “It is great to see one of the long-running empty properties finally opening again. If we could only see the same thing happening at the former Post Office, it would be a massive boost for the town.”
Meanwhile Portadown Chamber of Commerce, Craigavon Borough Council and High Street Mall and Meadows Shopping Centre have joined forces to launch this year’s Portadown Christmas campaign. This gives shoppers an opportunity for shoppers to win £1,000 worth of shopping vouchers.
Entry forms are available throughout the town centre and when completed can be left in either High Street Mall, Meadows Centre or Millennium Arts Centre by 6pm on Sunday, December 22.
Meadows manager Adrian Farrell said, “Portadown has something for everyone this Christmas and with free parking in the town on Saturday, December 21 there’s a lot to shout about. Don’t miss all the entertainment including the market and all the retailing from family run businesses to all the high street brands. Afterwards grab a cuppa or bite to eat.”
Tracey Jackson from High Street Mall said, “I am delighted that we are working together again for the fourth year. Each year has seen our campaign grow from strength to strength and we hope shoppers will get behind us and Shop Local.”