Retail and commercial facilities on way for the Meadows

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of The Meadows Shopping Centre are back row from left, Selina Rainey, Thompson Travel, David Cooper, Tesco, and Stephanie Beattie, O2 shop . Front  from left, Jackie Hackett, Tesco, and Saoirse O'Neill, Specsavers. INPT39-255.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of The Meadows Shopping Centre are back row from left, Selina Rainey, Thompson Travel, David Cooper, Tesco, and Stephanie Beattie, O2 shop . Front from left, Jackie Hackett, Tesco, and Saoirse O'Neill, Specsavers. INPT39-255.
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The Meadows Shopping Centre celebrates its 20th anniversary this week - and is planning a number of moves to adapt to the changing retail scene.

Adrian Farrell, centre manager and president of Portadown Chamber of Commerce, said, “The owners of the Meadows are thinking in terms of change.

“They are talking of adding further retail and commercial facilities to the complex – and of recreation which still has to be determined.”

Mr Farrell believes Portadown has passed “the dip” in fortunes, and the only way is up. “The sounds from the new ABC Council are extremely encouraging,” he said.

The Meadows began life in the charge of a property company called Turrets, when Stewarts were the anchor tenant and the centre was home to a series of major names such as Wellworth and Safeway.

The scene for the more modern era was set when Tesco became the dominant name and purchased the centre.

Current firms on site include O2, Specsavers, Shoe Zone and McDonalds (in their own separate premises). The centre, like the town itself, has undoubtedly adapted to the changing world.

Back in the dim and distant past, the environs of Meadow Lane were dominated by two-up-two-down housing, by the Spence Bryson complex of factories, the local football field and the River Bann.

The last vestige – Sandy Row, behind HSBC Bank – is being bulldozed, and more change is on the way.

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