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Lotus Property kick-starts £30m redevelopment at Antrim’s The Junction with new McDs

By James Wallace - Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:23

Lotus Property has kick-started a £30m redevelopment at The Junction in Antrim, Northern Ireland with construction of a new McDonald’s restaurant and drive-thru.

The multi-million-pound regeneration plans for the retail and leisure scheme began last month.

Lotus Property, who acquired the scheme in 2016 and received outline planning permission at the end of 2017, states this expansion is just the start of the major plans to revitalise The Junction Northern Ireland’s largest shopping and leisure destination.

The new McDonald’s restaurant, opening in late 2018, and occupying 4700sft, will be the first operator in the new food zone outside the Omniplex at the centre. Alongside this, an estimated 475 new job opportunities will be created by the scheme’s improvements as it welcomes new store signings including in the coming months.

On completion, The Junction will be redesigned with four distinct quarters; food and drink, home retail, supermarket and shopping and leisure. These will include new retail units, two new drive-thrus, new café and restaurants, a new road infrastructure and a full landscaping plan.

Lotus Property asset and property management director, Alastair Coulson, said: “Phase one of our redevelopment is underway after a year of planning consultations and we couldn’t be happier. McDonald’s is a perfect complement to the retailer portfolio, leading the way for more restaurant offerings in the new food zone. It is great to see The Junction becoming the ultimate shopping and leisure destination we set out to create.”

James Wallace is a freelance consultant and can be reached via Linkedin or email: jawallace32@gmail.com

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